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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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17 Apr 2018

Australia's Northern Territory lifts fracking ban

SYDNEY Australia's Northern Territory on Tuesday lifted a nearly two-year moratorium on fracking to extract gas, unlocking vast onshore reserves in the resource-rich region and raising the possibility of other provinces following suit.

14 Apr 2018

U.S. inspects Chinese-funded Vanuatu wharf ahead of military exercise

SYDNEY The United States has conducted a survey of a Chinese-funded wharf in Vanuatu ahead of a military exercise by U.S. forces planned for the South Pacific later this year, the U.S. Marine Corps said on Saturday.

13 Apr 2018

NZ's Fletcher posts biggest share gain in 18 years on Wesfarmers bid talk

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY New Zealand's Fletcher Building Ltd posted its biggest share gain in 18 years on Friday, after a media report that Australia's Wesfarmers Ltd - on the lookout for deals - bought a small stake with an eye to a takeover.

05 Apr 2018

Second Japanese shipping firm admits to cartel conduct in Australian court

SYDNEY Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) has pleaded guilty to criminal cartel conduct in the transport of vehicles, Australia's competition regulator said on Thursday, the second Japanese shipping company to make such an admission.

05 Apr 2018

Carlyle splashes $770 million on Australian winemaker with eye on China

SYDNEY Buyout giant Carlyle Group LP will buy Australia's Accolade Wines from a local private equity firm for A$1 billion ($770 million), triple what the Australians paid seven years ago and underscoring the investment appeal of China's wine market.

04 Apr 2018

Australia's PM pushes AGL to consider Alinta's interest in Liddell coal-fired plant

SYDNEY Australia's biggest energy producer, AGL Energy Ltd, came under pressure from the country's Prime Minister on Wednesday to sell or keep running its coal-fired Liddell Power Station, after Alinta Energy expressed interest in a purchase.

26 Mar 2018

Quake strikes off Papua New Guinea but no reports of casualties

SYDNEY A shallow 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, the latest in a series to hit the region in recent days, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

25 Mar 2018

A month after PNG quake, cash-strapped government struggles to help the hardest-hit

SYDNEY Almost a month after a deadly earthquake, Papua New Guinea is struggling to get aid to desperate survivors, having allocated just a fraction of its relief funds, while a rent dispute left disaster officials briefly locked out of their offices.

21 Mar 2018

Australian casino boss Packer quits Crown board due to mental illness

SYDNEY/HONG KONG Australian billionaire James Packer has quit the board of casino operator Crown Resorts Ltd due to mental illness, following a tumultuous period including a break-up with singer Mariah Carey and the failure of Crown's expansion strategy. | Video

21 Mar 2018

Glencore snaps up Rio Tinto's Hail Creek coal mine, project for $1.7 billion

SYDNEY Glencore is buying Rio Tinto's Hail Creek coal mine and the Valeria coal project in Australia for $1.7 billion, tightening the Swiss trading and mining giant's grip on coal as its rivals exit the industry.

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