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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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11:53am IST

Strawberries spook Australia into raising jail terms for food tampering

SYDNEY Australia on Thursday increased the jail term to 15 years for anyone convicted of contaminating foodstuffs as a scare over needles found in strawberries and other fruits gripped the country.

10:08am IST

Australia doctors warn 'humanitarian emergency', seek access to Pacific camp

SYDNEY Australian doctors said on Thursday a "humanitarian emergency" is unfolding at an Australian-run detention centre in the Pacific and they asked for government permission to treat asylum seekers at the remote facility.

19 Sep 2018

Australia's strawberry needle scare spurs proposal for 15-year jail term

SYDNEY Australia plans to increase the maximum jail term to 15 years for anyone convicted of contaminating foodstuffs, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday, as a scare over needles found in strawberries and other fruits gripped the country.

18 Sep 2018

Australia strawberry industry in crisis; police say needle culprits face jail

SYDNEY Australian police said on Tuesday they are investigating reports of dozens of cases of needles embedded in strawberries and other fruits, and warned that those responsible could be jailed for 10 years.

18 Sep 2018

RPT-Drought to trim Australia's golden fleece

SYDNEY, Sept 18 Australia on Tuesday trimmed its forecast for wool production by 6 percent as drought across the country's east coast forces farmers to cull sheep despite record prices for their fleece.

17 Sep 2018

Drought to trim Australia's golden fleece

SYDNEY, Sept 18 Australia on Tuesday trimmed its forecast for wool production by 6 percent as drought across the country's east coast forces farmers to cull sheep despite record prices for their fleece.

14 Sep 2018

Australian PM's own party defies him in selection of by-election candidate

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's own party defied his wishes on Friday by nominating a former diplomat instead of a female candidate to run in a crucial by-election for a seat that belonged to the man he deposed in a leadership coup.

13 Sep 2018

Australia weather bureau says dry conditions likely to persist for rest of year

SYDNEY Dry weather across Australia's east coast will linger until 2019, the country's meteorological bureau said on Thursday, extending drought conditions that have hit rural production and threatened the broader economy.

13 Sep 2018

India and Pakistan have driven global sugar glut - Australia's minister for trade

SYDNEY The policies of India and Pakistan have contributed to a global glut in the world's sugar market, Australia's Minister for Trade Simon Birmingham told Reuters.

12 Sep 2018

Australian govt to face pivotal vote in ex-PM's seat on Oct 20

SYDNEY Australia's centre-right government will face a by-election in deposed prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's seat on Oct. 20 and could lose its parliamentary majority if voter anger in opinion polls is carried through to the ballot box.

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