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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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12 Jan 2018

Indonesia lays groundwork for transfer of Grasberg mine to local control

JAKARTA Indonesian regional and central government officials on Friday signed an agreement with state holding company PT Inalum that lays the foundation for transfer of Freeport-McMoRan Inc's giant Grasberg copper mine to local control.

11 Jan 2018

Indonesia hopes to finalize Freeport contract talks by June

JAKARTA Indonesia hopes to finalize contract talks with Freeport McMoRan Inc over the Grasberg copper mine by June, although divestment issues are still unresolved, a mining ministry official said on Thursday.

05 Dec 2017

Indonesia plans to buy out Rio's share of Grasberg copper mine

JAKARTA Indonesia plans to acquire Rio Tinto's 40 percent participating stake in the Grasberg copper mine operated by the local division of Freeport-McMoRan Inc, part of government plans to control more of the country's resources.

24 Nov 2017

Indonesia has 'no clear structure' for a Freeport deal yet

JAKARTA Indonesia's Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises, tipped to oversee an acquisition of a majority stake in the local unit of Freeport-McMoRan Inc, has "no clear structure" yet for the deal, a ministry official said on Friday.

15 Nov 2017

Vietnam inks gas purchase deals to boost supplies post-2023

HANOI/JAKARTA Vietnam could receive a significant boost to its natural gas supplies as soon as 2023, allowing it to expand its power and petrochemical sectors, after signing two agreements during last week's APEC summit to buy gas at home and from Indonesia.

15 Nov 2017

Indonesia amends contracts with 13 coal mining companies

JAKARTA Indonesia has amended contracts with 13 coal mining companies, including some of the country's biggest producers of the fossil fuel, as part of a shift toward a new mining permit system it expects to boost government revenues.

29 Sep 2017

Freeport at loggerheads with Indonesia over divestment: letter

JAKARTA/TORONTO Freeport-McMoRan Inc, the world's second-largest publicly traded copper company, strongly disagrees with a proposed divestment plan by the government of Indonesia, according to a company letter reviewed by Reuters on Friday.

28 Sep 2017

Freeport can seek extension for Grasberg permit talks -minister

JAKARTA Indonesia's mining minister said on Thursday that Freeport McMoRan Inc could request an extension of six months to renegotiate rights to Grasberg, the world's second-biggest copper mine, which is due to end next month.

28 Sep 2017

Freeport can request extension to Grasberg permit talks - minister

Indonesia's mining minister said on Thursday the local unit of Freeport McMoRan Inc could request an extension of a six-month negotiating period over rights to Grasberg, the world's second-biggest copper mine, which is due to end next month.

05 Sep 2017

Indonesia's changes to oil, gas deals "positive" for investors - association

JAKARTA, Sept 5 Indonesia's revisions to new oil and gas production-sharing contracts are positive for investors, the leading energy industry association said, amid waning interest in energy exploration and declining oil output from the former OPEC member.

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