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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

12 Oct 2017

Australian hotel group Mantra rolls out the carpet for Accor's $920 million bid

SYDNEY Mantra Group Ltd on Thursday agreed to a A$1.18 billion (701.45 million pounds)buyout from French hotel company Accor SA , a deal which will create the biggest hotel group in Australia where tourism is rising sharply.

12 Oct 2017

Joint Strike Fighter plans stolen in Australia cyber attack

SYDNEY A hacker stole non-classified information about Australia's Joint Strike Fighter programme and other military hardware last year after breaching the network of a defence contractor, the defence industry minister said on Thursday.

09 Oct 2017

Accor in $920 million Mantra bid as Australia tourist boom stokes hotel demand

SYDNEY France's Accor SA has bid A$1.18 billion ($920 million) for Mantra Group Ltd - a deal that would combine the two biggest hotel owners in Australia and seek to capitalize on surging tourism in the country.

06 Oct 2017

Australians give up 51,000 illegal guns as government stands by tough laws

SYDNEY Australians turned in 51,000 illegal firearms, ranging from 19th-century weapons to a rocket launcher, during a three-month amnesty that ended on Friday, and which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said had helped avert Las Vegas-style mass shootings.

03 Oct 2017

Report on MH370 finds 'initially similar' route on pilot's flight simulator

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE The captain of the Malaysian Airlines aircraft that vanished somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean with 239 people on board had flown a route on his home flight simulator six weeks earlier that was "initially similar" to the one actually taken, Australian authorities said on Tuesday.

29 Sep 2017

Tesla chief Musk's latest idea: Intercity rocket travel

ADELAIDE/SYDNEY Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk on Friday outlined ambitious plans for a manned mission to Mars and a rocket capable of carrying passengers from one continent to another on Earth. | Video

29 Sep 2017

Musk shrinks SpaceX Mars rocket to cut costs

ADELAIDE/SYDNEY To cut costs, Elon Musk's SpaceX company has shrunk the size of the rocket ship it is developing to go to Mars, aiming to start construction on the first spaceship in the first half of next year, Musk said on Friday. | Video

27 Sep 2017

Australia Myer's top shareholder seeks share register, stirs M&A talk

SYDNEY Myer Holdings' largest shareholder asked the company for a full list of its owners, spurring takeover speculation and sending shares of Australia's biggest department store operator soaring nearly 7 percent on Wednesday.

27 Sep 2017

Australia PM Turnbull says gas companies agree to domestic supply deal

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday gas companies have agreed to a two-year domestic supply deal to plug a projected shortfall in the country's east, preventing threatened government intervention in the export market.

21 Sep 2017

Builders doubt NZ election will resolve housing crunch

WELLINGTON Builders in New Zealand, such as the Stevenson Group, have ambitious plans to house some of the tens of thousands of people swelling the population of Auckland, the country's biggest city.

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