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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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Centre-left pulls ahead in Australian state election

SYDNEY Australia's centre-left Labour party is leading in a tight state election in coal-rich Queensland with more than half of the votes counted late on Saturday, potentially nullifying a resurgence in nationalist right-wing politics.

24 Nov 2017

Papua New Guinean police evict remaining asylum-seekers from Australian-run detention camp

SYDNEY Papua New Guinean police cleared the remaining asylum-seekers from a shuttered Australian-run detention complex on Friday, ending a three-week protest which started with some 600 people surviving on rain water and smuggled food and supplies. | Video

23 Nov 2017

Papua New Guinea police order protesting asylum seekers out of Australian-run camp

SYDNEY Papua New Guinea police sealed off an officially shuttered Australian-run detention camp on Thursday and ordered asylum seekers occupying it to leave as they confiscated food and water the men had stockpiled, asylum seekers told Reuters. | Video

20 Nov 2017

Small tsunamis detected in New Caledonia and Vanuatu after magnitude 7 undersea quake

SYDNEY A powerful magnitude 7 undersea earthquake struck east of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunamis towards New Caledonia and neighboring Vanuatu, where authorities ordered evacuations.

16 Nov 2017

Hanson's 'battler bus' takes the anti-immigrant road in Australia

TOWNSVILLE, Australia It was early morning last Thursday when Pauline Hanson's rented "battler" bus started hissing so loudly the election campaign was halted at a petrol station on a stretch of desolate highway near a remote edge of Australia. | Video

02 Nov 2017

National Australia Bank to slash headcount as profit breaks record

SYDNEY National Australia Bank (NAB) flagged thousands of job cuts as it posted a record annual cash profit of A$6.64 billion ($5.1 billion) on Thursday, underpinned by surging home loan volumes and higher business lending margins.

25 Oct 2017

New Zealand protectionist Winston Peters appointed deputy PM, foreign minister

WELLINGTON Veteran protectionist politician Winston Peters was appointed New Zealand's new deputy prime minister and foreign minister on Wednesday, saying he would seek a greater voice in international affairs, including North Korea.

24 Oct 2017

Incoming New Zealand government to review central bank objectives

WELLINGTON New Zealand's new government plans to review and reform the Central Bank Act to possibly include employment, alongside inflation, as a dual target, Labour Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday.

24 Oct 2017

Unlikely allies eye vote to legalize cannabis in New Zealand

WELLINGTON New Zealand could become the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize cannabis for personal use after an unlikely alliance of populist, centrist and leftist parties put drug policy immediately on the agenda of the incoming government.

24 Oct 2017

Unlikely allies eye vote to legalise cannabis in New Zealand

WELLINGTON New Zealand could become the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalise cannabis for personal use after an unlikely alliance of populist, centrist and leftist parties put drug policy immediately on the agenda of the incoming government.

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