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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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New Zealand polls open as record numbers of voters cast ballots in advance

WELLINGTON New Zealand went to the polls to choose the make-up of its fifty-second Parliament on Saturday, in a close-run race between the governing National Party and the opposition Labour Party.

21 Sep 2017

New Zealand jet fuel rations increased as government calls in navy to beat shortage

WELLINGTON New Zealand will partially ease fuel rationing on Thursday night, a spokesman for the country's oil industry said, a sign that the five-day long fuel shortage that has caused air travel disruptions is subsiding.

21 Sep 2017

Final survey before New Zealand votes shows ruling Nationals keeping lead

WELLINGTON The final opinion poll before New Zealand's election on Saturday showed the ruling National Party's lead over the opposition Labour Party had slipped to 8.5 points, meaning minor parties could well decide who forms the next government.

21 Sep 2017

Builders doubt NZ election will resolve housing crunch

WELLINGTON Builders in New Zealand, such as the Stevenson Group, have ambitious plans to house some of the tens of thousands of people swelling the population of Auckland, the country's biggest city.

21 Sep 2017

New Zealand's June quarter GDP jumps as election day nears

WELLINGTON New Zealand's gross domestic product jumped in the second quarter, data showed on Thursday, with economic growth a central issue in the country's impending general election.

21 Sep 2017

New Zealand fuel shortage disrupts air travel just days before poll

WELLINGTON New Zealand's National Party government on Wednesday set up a commission to oversee the response to a fuel shortage crisis that has roiled air travel in and out of the country's biggest city just days before a tight national election.

20 Sep 2017

Poll gives NZ's Nationals nine-point lead after final TV debate before vote

WELLINGTON New Zealand's ruling National Party regained a wide lead over the opposition Labour Party in an opinion poll on Wednesday after party leaders went head-to-head in the final debate before Saturday's election.

20 Sep 2017

New Zealand election could put an obstacle in path to nailing TPP deal

WELLINGTON If New Zealanders vote this weekend to change who governs them, that could create an obstacle to plans by members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to finalize a trade deal in November.

15 Sep 2017

Pacific nations crack down on North Korean ships as Fiji probes more than 20 vessels

WELLINGTON South Pacific island nations are scouring shipping records for vessels with links to North Korea after Fiji said it had identified 20 falsely flagged ships it suspects the isolated regime is using to evade United Nations sanctions.

15 Sep 2017

Pacific nations crack down on North Korean ships as Fiji probes more than 20 vessels

WELLINGTON South Pacific island nations are scouring shipping records for vessels with links to North Korea after Fiji said it had identified 20 falsely flagged ships it suspects the isolated regime is using to evade United Nations sanctions.

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