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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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

24 May 2017

Aboriginal Australians meet at sacred Uluru to discuss first chance of recognition

SYDNEY Aboriginal Australian leaders are meeting at the sacred landmark of Uluru to decide how the country's first inhabitants, who date back about 50,000 years before British colonisers arrived, should be recognised in the constitution for the first time.

15 May 2017

Seventeen prisoners killed in Papua New Guinea jail break - media

SYDNEY Prison officers in Papua New Guinea shot and killed 17 inmates involved in a mass prison break, local media reported on Monday, sparking calls for an investigation into overcrowded jails in the South Pacific nation where Australia detains asylum seekers.

09 May 2017

Pie in the sky as Australia's Qantas boss gets just dessert

SYDNEY Qantas Airways Ltd Chief Executive Alan Joyce proved he was no cream puff on Tuesday, keeping his cool after a man smeared a cream pie in his face during a business breakfast in Australia's west.

03 May 2017

Australian insurer QBE to set up new European base due to Brexit

SYDNEY QBE Insurance Group will move its European base from London to the continent because of uncertainty in accessing the European market after Brexit, the chairman of Australia's largest international insurer said on Wednesday.

19 Apr 2017

Canada's resilient dairy sector girds for Trump fight

WINNIPEG/SYDNEY For decades, Canada's protected dairy sector has riled rival exporters from Asia to Europe who resent having limited access to a wealthy consuming nation. But that could change now U.S. President Donald Trump has taken up the cause, trade experts said on Wednesday.

18 Apr 2017

Teenage girl killed in Australia shark attack

SYDNEY A 17-year-old girl has died after being attacked by a shark as she surfed with her father off the Australian coast. | Video

07 Apr 2017

Mountain size trouble for Australian coal lines

SYDNEY Global coking coal supplies have been drastically interrupted by a small stretch of rail that wraps around a modest-sized Australian mountain range – and repair crews are unable to find a quick fix.

30 Mar 2017

Tens of thousands told to evacuate as ex-cyclone brings flood fears to Australia's east

SYDNEY Australian authorities told 40,000 people to evacuate to higher ground on Thursday as a storm system generated by a powerful cyclone that pummelled the northeast two days ago swept down the coast with heavy rain.

29 Mar 2017

Army assesses damage after storm 'absolutely smashes' north Australia

SYDNEY Cyclone Debbie wrought widespread but moderate damage in Australia's northeast, authorities said on Wednesday, as flooding rain and fallen trees slowed troops and emergency workers reaching the worst-hit areas.

28 Mar 2017

Australia scientists uncover dinosaur footprint that may be world's largest

SYDNEY Scientists have found what could be the world's largest dinosaur footprint - measuring nearly 1.7 metres (5.6 ft) - on a remote part of Australia's northwestern coastline.

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