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Fergus Jensen

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

May 24 2017

Indonesia's revenue needs override coal curbs as oil take drops

JAKARTA Indonesia will miss coal production targets as the government needs to lean on revenue from the fuel to make up shortfalls from its take from oil and gas output, ensuring the country keeps its top coal exporter status, officials said.

May 23 2017

Jakarta's former governor to drop appeal against jail term

JAKARTA Jakarta's former governor, a Christian, will withdraw an appeal against his controversial jailing for insulting Islam in Muslim-majority Indonesia, to allow prosecutors to appeal the sentence and calm protests, his family and lawyers said on Tuesday.

May 15 2017

Coal market oversupply risks grow as producers boost output

NUSA DUA, Indonesia The risk of oversupply in the global coal market is growing as suppliers respond to higher prices, though power demand in countries such as Indonesia may absorb some extra output, producers and analysts said.

May 10 2017

Jakarta's Christian governor jailed for blasphemy against Islam

JAKARTA Jakarta's Christian governor has been sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy, a harsher-than-expected ruling critics fear will embolden hardline Islamist forces to challenge secularism in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation. | Video

Apr 26 2017

Freeport readies first Grasberg copper exports after 15-week halt

TOKYO/SEOUL/JAKARTA, April 26 Freeport McMoRan Inc is preparing three copper concentrate export shipments from its giant Grasberg mine in Indonesia after a 15-week outage, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Apr 21 2017

Freeport collects export permit after Pence visit

JAKARTA Freeport McMoRan Inc collected a permit to resume copper exports from Indonesia on Friday after a hiatus of more than three months, hours after a state visit by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who discussed the copper miner's dispute with Jakarta.

Apr 20 2017

Indonesian prosecutors seek suspended jail term for Jakarta governor

JAKARTA Indonesian prosecutors on Thursday recommended a one-year suspended jail sentence for Jakarta's Christian governor in his blasphemy trial, which has been seen as a test of the Muslim-majority nation's religious tolerance. | Video

Apr 19 2017

Indonesian Muslim candidate wins Jakarta election - pollsters

JAKARTA A former Indonesian education minister won the race for Jakarta governor on Wednesday after a polarising campaign that cast a shadow over Indonesia's reputation for practicing a tolerant form of Islam. | Video

Apr 18 2017

Freeport Indonesia has initial approval to resume copper exports: spokesman

JAKARTA Freeport McMoRan Inc has received preliminary approval to resume copper concentrate exports from its Indonesian operation and hopes to lodge an application for an export permit this week, a company spokesman said.

Apr 18 2017

'Dirty' Jakarta election looms as religious politics resurfaces

JAKARTA Luar Batang is one of the Indonesian capital's oldest neighborhoods, founded in the 17th century to collect tolls from ships sailing in from the Java Sea when the city was the center of the Dutch East Indies spice trade.

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