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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SYDNEY/LONDON Rio Tinto on Monday confirmed Yancoal Australia as the preferred buyer for its Australian Coal & Allied unit after the China-backed company added an eleventh-hour sweetener to top a rival bid from Glencore .
Miner and trader Glencore on Friday hit back with an increased offer of $2.675 billion (2.10 billion pounds) in cash to buy Australian coal assets from Rio Tinto that earlier this week said it was favouring a Chinese bid.
LONDON Shareholders voted for four new board members at Russian-focused gold miner Petropavlovsk on Thursday, ousting Peter Hambro who has run the company since he founded it in 1994.
SYDNEY/LONDON Rio Tinto selected Yancoal on Tuesday to buy its Coal & Allied division in Australia for $2.45 billion, surprising commodities trading giant Glencore, which had put in a higher bid.
LONDON Copper and gold explorer SolGold on Friday said it was raising $41.2 million (32.25 million pounds), on top of more than $30 million announced in October, as it widens its search for resources in Ecuador after already finding one world class asset.
LONDON Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers on Thursday launched the world's largest diamond exploration vessel off the coast of Namibia as it looks to maintain high production levels until 2035.
LONDON/SOFIA Bulgaria has given 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion) in illegal aid to coal-fired and other power plants, according to a complaint filed with the European Commission by London-based lawyers ClientEarth on Thursday.
LONDON A leading adviser on Wednesday lent its weight to calls from dissident shareholders to remove Peter Hambro from the board of London-listed Petropavlovsk , the Russian-focused gold miner he founded in 1994.
LONDON Investors in London-listed gold miner Petropavlovsk should reject a plan to overhaul the board at the company's annual general meeting next week, leading shareholder voting advisors said.