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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.

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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.

30 Nov 2017

Australia's new gold rush lures prospectors Down Under

SYDNEY Canada-based Kirkland Lake Gold will list its shares on the Australia bourse on Thursday after investing millions of dollars and joining dozens of other prospectors in a modern-day gold rush.

30 Nov 2017

Australia's new gold rush lures prospectors Down Under

SYDNEY, Nov 30 Canada-based Kirkland Lake Gold will list its shares on the Australia bourse on Thursday after investing millions of dollars and joining dozens of other prospectors in a modern-day gold rush.

16 Nov 2017

BHP eyes two-year exit from shale; also selling nickel

SYDNEY BHP Billiton said on Thursday it hopes to fully divest its troubled U.S. onshore shale business in around two years and is also seeking a buyer for its nickel business in Australia.

15 Nov 2017

Aberdeen fund '100 percent' behind Elliott's push for change at BHP

SYDNEY Global fund manager Aberdeen Standard Investments fully supports activist investor Elliott Management's push for widespread structural changes at mining giant BHP Billiton , a senior Aberdeen manager said on Wednesday. 

14 Nov 2017

Former Xstrata chief Davis eyed for Rio Tinto chairman's job - FT

SYDNEY Rio Tinto investors gave a mixed reaction to a report that former senior mining executive Mick Davis, now chief executive of Britain's ruling Conservative Party, was well-placed to become the Anglo-Australian miner's next chairman.

13 Nov 2017

Australia's Aurizon in talks to buy debt-saddled coal port

MELBOURNE Australian coal rail operator Aurizon Holdings said on Monday it was in talks to buy the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET), which urgently needs to restructure $3 billion in debt.

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