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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

21 Mar 2018

Australia's Myer swings to first-half loss, freezes dividend under e-commerce pressure

SYDNEY Top Australian department store chain Myer Holdings Ltd slumped to its biggest half-yearly loss since listing as it wrote off the value of its underperforming assets, conceding flawed execution of its strategy and an inadequate response to online competition.

21 Mar 2018

Asian business sentiment edges up to hit seven-year high: Thomson Reuters/INSEAD

SYDNEY Business confidence among Asian companies rose in the first quarter to the highest level in seven years, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey showed, as a fresh surge by the Chinese economy offset concerns about rising trade barriers.

20 Mar 2018

Australian court rejects part of News Corp defence against Geoffrey Rush defamation suit

SYDNEY, March 20 An Australian court on Tuesday threw out part of News Corp's defence against a defamation lawsuit by Geoffrey Rush, a win for the Oscar-winning actor who objected to a series of newspaper articles accusing him of inappropriate conduct.

08 Mar 2018

Australia probes company tied to illicit North Korea coal sale - U.N.

UNITED NATIONS/SYDNEY Australian authorities are investigating a Sydney-based property company accused of breaching United Nations sanctions on North Korea by brokering an illicit sale of coal, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters.

07 Mar 2018

Vatican treasurer faces Australian court for hearing on sex offence charges

MELBOURNE Lawyers for Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell asked an Australian court on Monday to allow a support person to sit with him through a four-week pre-trial hearing into charges of historical sexual offences because of his age and ill health.

05 Mar 2018

Poll shows Australian leader's popularity slides over sex scandal

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's personal popularity has slumped to a level seen only once before, a widely watched poll showed on Monday, hit by criticism for his handling of an affair between his former deputy and a staffer.

28 Feb 2018

Virgin Australia scraps plans to go private, raising questions of stakeholder sale

SYDNEY Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd , Australia's second biggest airline, scrapped plans to potentially go private on Wednesday, sparking concerns that a major Chinese shareholder, HNA Tourism, may be about to exit, and leading to a sharp fall in its share price.

27 Feb 2018

Amazon takes on delivery challenge for Australian merchants

SYDNEY/SAN FRANCISCO Amazon.com Inc began selling its in-house delivery service to third-party vendors in Australia on Tuesday, taking on a major logistical challenge in the continent that invented the expression "tyranny of distance".

26 Feb 2018

Australia media firms join fight against Rebel Wilson's record $3.6 million defamation payout

SYDNEY Australian media companies on Monday sought to join German magazine publisher Bauer Media in fighting a record A$4.56 million ($3.6 million) defamation payout to Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson, arguing it set a dangerous precedent.

21 Feb 2018

Australia's Wesfarmers sees signs of grocery recovery as H1 profit slumps

SYDNEY Australian retail giant Wesfarmers Ltd said it saw signs of a recovery in its core grocery business after a price war with rival Woolworths Ltd, sending its shares sharply higher despite an 87 percent slump in first-half profit.

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