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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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03 Aug 2018

South Africa's Eskom closes in on wage deal with unions

JOHANNESBURG South African state-run power utility Eskom closed in on a wage deal with trade unions on Friday, as two large unions sought a mandate from their members to agree to Eskom's latest salary offer after weeks of fraught negotiations.

30 Jul 2018

Russia's Putin raises nuclear deal at Ramaphosa meeting during BRICS

JOHANNESBURG Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the subject of a nuclear deal at a private meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the BRICS summit in Johannesburg, but his host said Pretoria could not sign such a deal for now.

27 Jul 2018

Chinese investors plan $10 billion metallurgical complex in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG Chinese investors signed agreements to build a $10 billion metallurgical complex in South Africa during President Xi Jinping's state visit this week and hope to start construction next year, an executive involved in the project and a provincial official told Reuters.

26 Jul 2018

BRICS emerging economies reaffirm support for multilateral trade under WTO rules

JOHANNESBURG Leaders of the BRICS bloc of emerging economies, meeting in the wake of tariff threats by U.S. President Donald Trump, signed a declaration supporting an open and inclusive multilateral trading system under World Trade Organization rules at their summit in South Africa on Thursday.

26 Jul 2018

Xi urges fellow BRICS countries to reject go-it-alone trade

JOHANNESBURG Chinese President Xi Jinping said there would be no winner in a global trade war, urging fellow developing powers on Wednesday to reject unilateralism in the wake of tariff threats by U.S. President Donald Trump. | Video

25 Jul 2018

Eying Trump, China, South Africa call for trade cooperation at BRICS summit

JOHANNESBURG China and South Africa urged fellow BRICS governments on Wednesday to fight protectionism and promote multilateral global trade in the face of tariff threats by U.S. President Donald Trump that threaten global trade.

24 Jul 2018

China's Xi pledges $14.7 billion investment on South Africa visit

PRETORIA Chinese President Xi Jinping promised $14.7 billion of investment on Tuesday during a state visit to South Africa, where President Cyril Ramaphosa is on a mission to kick-start economic growth after a decade of stagnation.

23 Jul 2018

South Africa's Eskom considering asset sales, staff cuts after big loss

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's struggling state-run power firm Eskom said on Monday it was considering cutting staff and selling assets after reporting a $171 million loss which underlined the gravity of its financial position.

17 Jul 2018

Obama says world should resist cynicism over rise of strongmen

JOHANNESBURG Barack Obama said on Tuesday the world should resist cynicism over the rise of strongmen, in an apparent reference to populist leaders who hold power in a number of countries. | Video

12 Jul 2018

South Africa's Ramaphosa embarks on Eskom overhaul

JOHANNESBURG A month after Cyril Ramaphosa took the helm of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) in December, he called an urgent meeting with then-President Jacob Zuma and senior ministers to save state power firm Eskom.

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