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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

12 Oct 2017

Australian court says no guarantee of speedy ruling on citizenship crisis

CANBERRA Australia's High Court said on Thursday it was aware of the need to rule on the eligibility of seven lawmakers quickly, but warned it could not guarantee a speedy resolution to a case that threatens the government's one-seat majority in parliament.

11 Oct 2017

Beef up: rains cut distressed sales of Australian cattle, drive prices higher

SINGAPORE/CANBERRA Australian beef prices are rising for the first time in five months as rains across key livestock-producing regions bring relief to farmers, ending months of distressed sales of animals following one of the worst droughts in decades.

10 Oct 2017

Australia pushes asylum seeker transfer in bid to close controversial camp

CANBERRA Australia is trying to move asylum seekers held in one of its two remote Pacific detention centres to the second camp, a notice seen by Reuters shows, as Canberra seeks a way to close one down.

10 Oct 2017

Australian High Court sits to resolve lawmakers' citizenship crisis

CANBERRA Australia's High Court began a three-day hearing on Tuesday to determine the eligibility of seven lawmakers who may hold dual citizenship, a case that could determine whether the government is able to maintain its razor-thin majority.

06 Oct 2017

Australians give up 51,000 illegal guns as government stands by tough laws

SYDNEY Australians turned in 51,000 illegal firearms, ranging from 19th-century weapons to a rocket launcher, during a three-month amnesty that ended on Friday, and which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said had helped avert Las Vegas-style mass shootings.

06 Oct 2017

Stirred by same-sex marriage vote, Australia's youth gets serious

SYDNEY It was supposed to relieve a headache for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, but a postal vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage has awakened interest in politics among young voters who could ultimately turf him out of office.

06 Oct 2017

Influential Australian Senator Nick Xenophon resigns

SYDNEY Australian Senator Nick Xenophon, a key independent lawmaker, said on Friday he was resigning from national politics, potentially complicating Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's efforts to pass legislation.

05 Oct 2017

Australia creates photo ID database to help track terror suspects

SYDNEY Australian police will create a national photo database using existing identification records held by state authorities to identify terror suspects, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday, fanning privacy concerns among rights groups. | Video

03 Oct 2017

More than half of eligible Australians have so far voted in same-sex marriage ballot

SYDNEY Australia's Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday 9.2 million people, or 57.5 percent of eligible voters, have cast their votes in a ballot on whether same-sex marriage should be legalized.

03 Oct 2017

Australia to fit warships with anti-missile defence systems

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday nine war ships set for construction in 2020 will be fitted with long-range ­anti-missile defence systems to counter the threat of rogue nations.

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