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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

07 Jul 2016

S&P warns of possible downgrade to Australia's coveted rating, cuts outlook

SYDNEY Standard & Poor's on Thursday warned of a downgrade to Australia's coveted triple-A credit rating within two years, saying the knife-edge July 2 election may have weakened the government's ability to tackle its budget deficits.

30 Jun 2016

Western Sydney takes centre stage in close-run Australian election

SYDNEY Twenty-two-year-old forklift driver Mitchell Beckwith is living the dream. Or he's living Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's dream anyway.

23 Jun 2016

Yen sags as polling puts Bremain slightly ahead, sterling jumps

SYDNEY Sterling surged early in Asia on Friday while the safe-haven yen fell broadly on growing confidence that Britain will stay in the European Union after polling stations across the United Kingdom closed.

03 Jun 2016

Dollar bulls count on payrolls as ECB leaves euro underwhelmed

SYDNEY The euro wallowed near a three-year low against the yen early on Friday, having been underwhelmed by the European Central Bank holding back from making material changes to its policy mix after a review.

01 Jun 2016

Australia economy outpaces global peers, rates seen on hold

SYDNEY, June 1 Australia's economic growth boomed past expectations in the first quarter with the annual pace speeding to its fastest in three years, a result that could keep the central bank on hold at its policy meeting next week.

18 May 2016

Australian wage growth slowest on record in first-quarter, keeps rate cut window open

SYDNEY Australian wages grew at their slowest pace on record last quarter, reflecting a subdued inflation environment that should keep the door open for another cut in interest rates this year.

17 May 2016

Australia's central bank considered holding rates steady at May meeting

SYDNEY Australia's central bank members discussed leaving interest rates on hold earlier this month, but decided in the end that a cut would help return inflation to target over time.

06 May 2016

Singapore, Australia expand military cooperation in A$2.25 billion deal

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE Australia and Singapore have agreed to jointly develop military training areas and facilities in Australia in a sign of how China's increasingly assertive military presence in the region is encouraging nations to boost their own defence capabilities.

05 May 2016

Singapore to fund $1.7 bln Australia military base expansion -source

SYDNEY, May 6 Singapore will fund a A$2.25 billion (US$1.7 billion) expansion of military training facilities in Australia in a deal due to be announced on Friday, according to a government source.

03 May 2016

Australian government delivers sombre election budget for 'extraordinary times'

CANBERRA Australia's conservative government unveiled an economic blueprint on Tuesday aimed at creating jobs and growth in "extraordinary times", just hours after the country's central bank slashed interest rates to an all-time low.

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