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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

19 Jun 2017

Australia cuts sugar harvest outlook after Cyclone Debbie destroys crops

CANBERRA, June 20 Australia on Tuesday trimmed its forecast for sugar production during the 2017/18 season by 7 percent after a destructive cyclone destroyed crops in a major producing region.

17 Jun 2017

Rugby - Scotland stun Australia for memorable win

SYDNEY Scotland beat Australia for the first time in more than four years on Saturday, winning 24-19 in Sydney to avenge two consecutive narrow defeats, including a controversial World Cup exit, by the southern hemisphere team.

16 Jun 2017

Exclusive - U.S. nears decisions on resettlement of Australian-held refugees

SYDNEY The United States will tell dozens of refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre whether they will be offered resettlement in America within six weeks, two detainees told Reuters on Friday.

16 Jun 2017

Australia introduces illegal gun amnesty after Islamist-inspired attacks

SYDNEY Australia said on Friday it would introduce a three-month national gun amnesty, the first in more than 20 years, in a bid to reduced the number of illegal firearms which have been used in recent Islamist-inspired attacks.

14 Jun 2017

Asylum seekers win $53 million detention settlement from Australian government

SYDNEY Nearly 2,000 asylum seekers held in a remote detention centre in Papua New Guinea for more than two years will receive A$70 million ($53 million) in compensation after the Australian government agreed to settle their court case on Wednesday.

13 Jun 2017

'Five Eyes' talks to focus on encryption - Australian PM

SYDNEY Officials from the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will meet next month to discuss plans to press technology firms to share encrypted data with security agencies, Australia's prime minister said on Tuesday.

13 Jun 2017

Australia raises wheat forecast on east coast rains

SYDNEY, June 14 Australia slightly raised its forecast for 2017/18 wheat production on Wednesday as favourable weather along the country's east coast looks set to boost output from the world's No. 4 exporter.

08 Jun 2017

Australian police to get greater powers to shoot in militant sieges

SYDNEY Police in Australia's most populous state will be allowed to shoot suspects in "terrorist related" incidents even if the attacker does not pose an imminent threat, under a proposed law, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Thursday. | Video

07 Jun 2017

Watergate 'pales' compared with Trump-Russia - former U.S. intelligence head

SYDNEY The Watergate scandal pales in comparison to events in Washington surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump and alleged links between his campaign and Russia, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Wednesday. | Video

07 Jun 2017

Australia flags tougher parole laws in wake of Melbourne siege

SYDNEY The Australian government signalled a drive to reform parole laws on Wednesday, including a ban on parole for violent offenders who have any links to extremism, after a deadly siege claimed by the Islamic State group.

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