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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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Australian retailer Wesfarmers soars on hopes for swift turnaround

SYDNEY Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers Ltd posted record earnings in core divisions on Wednesday, sending its shares to a record high as investors glimpsed the rapid growth promised by a restructuring initiated by new managing director Rob Scott.

14 Aug 2018

Growth cools at Domino's Pizza, investors slice shares

SYDNEY Australian fast-food chain Domino's Pizza Enterprises Ltd posted its slowest profit growth in five years on Tuesday, missing expectations, as a heatwave sent Europeans to cafes rather than pizza shops and earnings from Japan fell.

10 Aug 2018

Australia to help build Samoa parliament in latest Pacific aid pledge

SYDNEY Australia on Thursday promised radio gear and help to build parliament offices in Samoa's capital of Apia, the latest pledge of aid in the Pacific Islands where China and Australia have been ramping up tit-for-tat donations.

09 Aug 2018

Dai-ichi buys Suncorp's life unit, as Australian firms exit insurance sector

SYDNEY/TOKYO Australia's Suncorp Group is selling its life insurance division to Dai-ichi Life Holdings for $540 million, making the Japanese firm Australia's biggest in a sector that domestic companies are scrambling to quit.

06 Aug 2018

Packaging group Amcor aims to wrap up rival Bemis for $5.25 billion

SYDNEY The world's biggest listed packaging company, Amcor Ltd , on Monday swooped on U.S. rival Bemis Company Inc in a $5.25 billion all-stock deal that comes as packaging firms are jostling to buy growth with acquisitions.

31 Jul 2018

Australia's plans to build foreign ties with undersea cables hits snags at home

SYDNEY When Australia bankrolled undersea internet cables for its Pacific neighbors, it shut out a competing offer from Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL]. | Video

26 Jul 2018

Nine buys Fairfax for $1.6 billion to create Australia's biggest media firm

SYDNEY Newspaper publisher Fairfax Media Ltd said on Thursday it had agreed to a A$2.16 billion ($1.6 billion) buyout from television network Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd , in one of the biggest shake-ups in Australian media for decades.

24 Jul 2018

Australia bank NAB offers relief to drought-hit farmers after inquiry flak

SYDNEY National Australia Bank moved to soothe public anger after a major inquiry showed it dealt harshly with rural borrowers, saying it won't penalise farmers for loan defaults in droughts amid a record dry spell in parts of the nation.

19 Jul 2018

Amazon hands goodwill to eBay with move to shut Australians out of overseas sites

SYDNEY Australian home entertainment installer Paul Boon has relied for years on Amazon.com Inc's U.S. website for cheap wall racks and other parts to keep his costs down.

10 Jul 2018

Australian lawsuit funder files complaint against Facebook, flags suit over privacy breaches

SYDNEY Litigation funder IMF Bentham Ltd is preparing to potentially sue social media giant Facebook Inc in Australia over its sharing of users' data with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

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