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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

22 May 2018

Australia far-right party rejects proposed tax cut, adding to PM's woes

SYDNEY Australia's far-right One Nation party said on Tuesday it will not support the government's proposed corporate tax cut, all but ending Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's hope for a policy victory ahead of a series of by-elections.

21 May 2018

Australian lawmaker pushes to end live sheep exports, threatens government balance

SYDNEY An Australian backbencher on Monday introduced legislation to parliament to ban the export of live sheep after the death of 2,400 animals on a ship bound for the Middle East, an incident that led to widespread criticism of the A$250 million ($190 million) industry.

18 May 2018

In Shanghai, Australian minister sees limits to tackling irritants in ties

SHANGHAI/SYDNEY Australia's trade minister said on Friday there was "limited scope" to resolve irritants in ties with major trading partner China, including customs delays for an Australian wine maker, during his visit to Shanghai this week.

17 May 2018

Australia-China rift spills into customs delays for Treasury Wine exports

SYDNEY Australia's Treasury Wine Estates Ltd , the world's biggest listed winemaker, said it faced delays getting some products through Chinese customs, sending its shares tumbling amid fears it may be affected by a diplomatic dispute.

17 May 2018

Australia toughens welfare standards for live animal exports after death of 2,400 sheep

SYDNEY Australia will require ships carrying live cattle and sheep exports to have an independent observer to ensure welfare standards, after 2,400 sheep died from heat stress, sparking calls for a ban on the A$1.3 billion industry (721 million pounds).

16 May 2018

Australia's trade minister says China ties a priority after recent 'differences'

SYDNEY Australia's trade minister will use a visit to China this week to reinforce ties with his country's largest trading partner, he said on Wednesday, following a recent souring in relations.

15 May 2018

Australia looking into claim Google harvests data while consumers pay

SYDNEY Google is under investigation in Australia following claims that it collects data from millions of Android smartphone users, who unwittingly pay their telecom service providers for gigabytes consumed by the activity, regulators said on Tuesday.

15 May 2018

Australia probes claim Google harvests data, consumers pay

SYDNEY, May 15 Google is under investigation in Australia following claims that it collects data from millions of Android smartphones users, who unwittingly pay their telecom service providers for gigabytes consumed during the harvesting, regulators said on Tuesday.

14 May 2018

Australia government trails opposition after voter-friendly budget - polls

SYDNEY Australia's centre-right government trailed the opposition in two opinion polls released on Monday, suggesting that last week's voter-friendly budget had not delivered a much-needed boost for the ruling coalition, an analyst said.

12 May 2018

Australian police find seven dead in rural town, guns seized

SYDNEY Australian police found seven dead people on Friday, including four children, in a rural town in the Margaret River wine-growing region, and said guns were involved in the killings. | Video

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