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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

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Australian PM says government at risk if it loses Sydney by-election

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday his government's future was at risk if it lost a Sydney by-election this weekend and failed to regain its one-seat majority, forcing it to rely on independents to survive in power.

12 Dec 2017

Prominent Australian opposition lawmaker quits over claims of China links

SYDNEY A prominent Australian opposition senator, Sam Dastyari, said on Tuesday he would resign from parliament after a series of allegations emerged about his links with Chinese-aligned interests in Australia. | Video

15 Nov 2017

Rainbow celebrations as Australians vote for same-sex marriage

SYDNEY Australians have voted overwhelmingly for same-sex marriage, paving the way for legislation by the end of 2017 and sparking rainbow celebrations on Wednesday, with people wearing wedding dresses and sequined suits and declaring "our love is real". | Video

14 Nov 2017

Australia should accept New Zealand offer to resettle refugees - UNHCR

SYDNEY The U.N. refugee agency on Tuesday urged Australia to accept New Zealand's offer to resettle 150 refugees from an abandoned Australian-run detention centre in Papua New Guinea, as about 450 men remain barricaded inside without food or water.

13 Nov 2017

PNG threatens to forcibly remove asylum seekers from abandoned Australian detention centre

SYDNEY Papua New Guinea Immigration Minister Petrus Thomas said authorities would take steps on Monday to forcibly remove around 450 men who remain in an abandoned Australian detention centre without food or running water. | Video

11 Nov 2017

Asylum-seekers get 24-hour reprieve from Papua New Guinea camp eviction

SYDNEY Papua New Guinea will delay by at least 24 hours a plan to forcibly evict hundreds of men from an abandoned Australian detention centre, three asylum seekers said on Saturday.

10 Nov 2017

UN urges calm as deadline nears for asylum seekers to quit controversial, Australian-run camp

SYDNEY About 20 asylum seekers on Friday left an Australian-run detention centre due to close down in Papua New Guinea, but hundreds of holdouts faced forcible eviction amid an immigration standoff that has blighted Australia for years. | Video

09 Nov 2017

Papua New Guinea starts dismantling detention camp, threatens forcible evict of asylum seekers

SYDNEY Papua New Guinea began dismantling a shuttered Australian-run immigration detention centre on Thursday and warned it will use force if necessary to evict nearly 600 men if they refuse to leave within two days, according to a notice posted at the camp.

08 Nov 2017

Papua New Guinea PM says authorities to apprehend defiant asylum seekers

SYDNEY, Nov 9 Papua New Guinea's leader said authorities will apprehend those responsible for a nine-day stand-off at an Australian-run detention centre for asylum seekers, where almost 600 men have barricaded themselves inside despite having no water or food.

07 Nov 2017

Papua New Guinea court rejects bid to restore services to asylum-seeker camp

SYDNEY Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court rejected an application on Tuesday to restore water, electricity and food supplies to an Australian-run detention centre for asylum seekers where nearly 600 men have been barricaded for a week.

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