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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

16 Jan 2018

Rio Tinto targets modest hike in 2018 iron ore shipments

SYDNEY Global miner Rio Tinto, said on Tuesday it could ship up to an additional 10 million tonnes of iron ore in 2018 worth $780 million at today's prices after reporting a 1 percent rise in 2017 shipments.

13 Jan 2018

Australia's Port Hedland to stay closed for now, Cyclone Joyce moves away

SYDNEY Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal will remain closed for now, even after the weather bureau cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent’s far northwest, the port's operator said on Saturday.

11 Jan 2018

Australia's Port Hedland clearing out ships as Cyclone Joyce intensifies

SYDNEY Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal expects to clear all remaining vessels from its harbor by 1030 GMT as a safety measure after a tropical cyclone intensified off the nation's western coast on Thursday, Pilbara Ports Authority said.

08 Jan 2018

Australia forecasts 20 percent iron ore price drop in 2018 as China demand eases

SYDNEY Australia on Monday said it expects iron ore prices to average $51.50 a tonne this year, down 20 percent from 2017, because of rising global supply and moderating demand from top importer China as its steel sector shrinks.

03 Jan 2018

China metals ease; lead gains as frigid weather persists

SYDNEY Most Chinese base metals ended lower on Wednesday, while lead gained more than 1 percent as parts of the United States braced for more frigid weather.

20 Dec 2017

Miners big and small bank on China's hunger for high-grade iron ore

SYDNEY China's aggressive campaign to clean its skies by clamping down on polluting steel mills has fuelled a need for high-grade iron ore, and a prospector in the Australian outback is hoping that will help fund an ambitious plan to develop a full-scale mine.

04 Dec 2017

Rio Tinto aims for "intelligent" Australian iron ore mine

SYDNEY Rio Tinto next year will seek board approval to develop an "intelligent" iron ore mine at a cost of $2.2 billion, fully incorporating technologies such as robotics and driverless trains and trucks on a single site, the company's head of iron ore said on Monday.

04 Dec 2017

Rio Tinto holds course as it looks inward for new chairman

SYDNEY Global miner Rio Tinto signaled on Monday it will stick with its "value over volume" strategy, outlining further moves to boost shareholder returns and appointing a new chairman from within its board.

01 Dec 2017

After drought, monster storm threatens Australia's wheat crop

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE Heavy rains in eastern Australia forecast to intensify over the weekend are threatening to wipe out or damage up to 4 million tonnes of wheat due to be harvested soon, with many grain storage sites forced to close.

30 Nov 2017

Back to black? Australian industry prepares for possible summer power cuts

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY Some of Australia's biggest power users, including mining giant BHP, are taking steps to curb the impact of any repeat of crippling blackouts that hit last summer, worried about a grid that increasingly relies on wind power and old coal-fired plants.

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