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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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Small tsunamis detected in New Caledonia and Vanuatu after magnitude 7 undersea quake

SYDNEY A powerful magnitude 7 undersea earthquake struck east of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunamis towards New Caledonia and neighboring Vanuatu, where authorities ordered evacuations.

17 Nov 2017

Bones of contention: Australia returns ancient Aboriginal remains for outback burial

SYDNEY The 40,000-year-old remains of an Aboriginal man that prompted a drastic rewrite of Australian history were returned to his ancestral homeland on Friday after four decades of examination in the country's capital.

17 Nov 2017

New Zealand rules out resettlement of Manus refugees without Australia's support

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY New Zealand will not resettle refugees occupying a shuttered Australian-run detention in Papua New Guinea without Australia's agreement, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday, rejecting a suggestion to deal with PNG directly.

15 Nov 2017

Rainbow celebrations as Australians vote for same-sex marriage

SYDNEY Australians have voted overwhelmingly for same-sex marriage, paving the way for legislation by the end of 2017 and sparking rainbow celebrations on Wednesday, with people wearing wedding dresses and sequined suits and declaring "our love is real". | Video

15 Nov 2017

Fringe benefits: Home demand in outer Australian cities prolongs building boom

SYDNEY On the edges of Sydney, where Australia's biggest city is sprawling across paddocks and market gardens, demand for new homes is running harder than tradesmen can lay bricks.

09 Nov 2017

Papua New Guinea starts dismantling detention camp, threatens forcible evict of asylum seekers

SYDNEY Papua New Guinea began dismantling a shuttered Australian-run immigration detention centre on Thursday and warned it will use force if necessary to evict nearly 600 men if they refuse to leave within two days, according to a notice posted at the camp.

03 Nov 2017

Polly want a broadband connection? Cockatoos cost Australian cable company

SYDNEY Australia's government-built $36 billion broadband network, already under attack from underwhelmed customers, has found a new and formidable enemy - cockatoos are chewing through cables across the country.

03 Nov 2017

Hundreds queue up in Sydney for Apple iPhone X launch

SYDNEY, Nov 3 Hundreds of people queued up outside Apple Inc's store in central Sydney early on Friday to be the first in the world to get their hands on the new iPhone X, a turnaround from more lacklustre launches for the past two iterations of the phone.

01 Nov 2017

Pressure mounts on Australia's Myer as sales target slashed

SYDNEY Australia's biggest department store chain, Myer Holdings Ltd, cut its growth targets on Wednesday as it battles intensifying competition and a rebellion from its biggest shareholder, sending its share price sharply lower.

31 Oct 2017

Australia's Woolworths beats Coles in food sales growth for third straight quarter

SYDNEY Australian supermarket operator Woolworths Ltd said on it on Tuesday it had logged robust quarterly food sales growth, outpacing rival Coles for a third straight quarter on the back of aggressive discounting.

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