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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

26 Jun 2017

Exclusive - China's COFCO likely to sit out global grains race as it digests acquisitions

LONDON/BEIJING/BUENOS AIRES As the world trade in farm commodities faces a shake-up, one of the groups widely expected to play a leading role - China's COFCO - will probably have sit out the industry consolidation after all.

14 Jun 2017

Baltic Exchange exploring new freight indexes for grains

LONDON, June 14 The Baltic Exchange is looking into launching freight indexes for grains and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the London-run business targets new markets after its acquisition by Singapore Exchange last year, the Baltic's chief executive said.

12 Jun 2017

Shipping routes via Oman opened to give Qatar food lifeline

DOHA/LONDON Qatar and container lines have launched new shipping services via Oman in an effort to sidestep a port ban in neighbouring countries and secure a food lifeline after other Gulf states severed ties with Doha last week.

07 Jun 2017

Evergreen and OOCL suspend Qatar shipping services

LONDON Taiwan's Evergreen and Hong Kong's OOCL said on Wednesday they had suspended shipping services to Qatar after Arab countries severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf state and imposed port restrictions this week.

06 Jun 2017

Maersk says unable to ship Qatar bound cargo from UAE, seeks alternatives

LONDON Maersk can no longer transport goods in or out of Qatar after Arab countries imposed restrictions on trade with the tiny Gulf state and the company is looking at alternative shipping routes.

05 Jun 2017

Qatar food imports hit after Arab nations cut ties: trade sources

LONDON/ABU DHABI A decision by the Arab world's strongest powers to break off diplomatic ties with Qatar is already hitting food imports into the small Gulf state with reports that Qataris are beginning to stockpile supplies, trade sources say.

02 Jun 2017

Tested on all fronts, Iran's Rouhani may struggle on reforms

ANKARA/LONDON Growing strains with the United States and political infighting at home threaten Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's plans to expand social freedoms, create jobs and draw in foreign investment, officials and analysts say.

26 May 2017

Exclusive: China's COFCO overhauls Brazil business after accounting crisis - sources

LONDON/SAO PAULO Chinese food commodities trader COFCO [CNCOF.UL] is overhauling its operations in Brazil, including a management reshuffle, as it restructures its Nidera Sementes Ltda business following accounting irregularities reported last year, according to company documents and sources.

24 May 2017

Exclusive - Dubai looking into forming $1 billion shipping investment fund: sources

LONDON/DUBAI Dubai is looking into creating a $1 billion (£772 million) investment fund focused on shipping to develop the Gulf city's maritime sector and ride out a global industry downturn, three finance sources familiar with the plans say.

23 May 2017

Gulf bidders emerge for UASC-linked shipping unit: sources

LONDON/DUBAI Gulf-based bidders have emerged for the part-owned subsidiary of United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) whose sale is key to finalizing the merger between UASC and German container shipping line Hapag Lloyd , sources close to the matter said.

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