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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

Jun 23 2017

Australian banks face 'Pandora's box' of taxes after state hike

SYDNEY A second Australian state on Friday said it was open to charging its own bank tax, raising fears the federal government has opened a "Pandora's box" by slapping a A$6.2 billion ($4.7 billion) levy on major lenders in its May budget.

Jun 22 2017

Australian banks furious after hit by new state tax in wake of federal levy

SYDNEY An Australian state imposed a surprise tax on the country's five biggest banks, a move that comes on top of a new $4.6 billion federal levy - prompting predictions that other states could follow suit and howls of outrage from the sector.

Jun 20 2017

No more quiet chats? Australia becomes new frontier for shareholder disruption

SYDNEY/LONDON As BHP Billiton fends off the attention of Elliott Management, activist funds are targeting other Australian firms, shaking up a corporate culture that has long favored quiet chats over splashy headlines.

Jun 19 2017

Moody's downgrade of Australian banks won't raise funding costs: analysts

SYDNEY A credit ratings downgrade of Australia's biggest banks by Moody's Investor Service is not expected to raise their funding costs because the new rating is in line with other ratings agencies, banking analysts said.

Jun 16 2017

Australian banks agree $4.6 billion tax hit not fatal but want foreign rivals included

SYDNEY Australia's five biggest banks on Friday agreed a surprise $4.6 billion tax can be absorbed without damaging the stability of the country's financial system or pushing lenders to move overseas, but have asked that foreign rivals face the same levy.

Jun 15 2017

Macquarie CEO says no plans to relocate overseas to avoid Australian bank tax

SYDNEY Macquarie Group Ltd Chief Executive Nicholas Moore said on Friday Australia's biggest investment bank had no plans to move offshore after the government imposed a $4.6 billion tax on major banks.

Jun 14 2017

Australian TV station Ten in administration after Murdoch-led backers quit

SYDNEY Australian television broadcaster Ten Network Ltd called in administrators on Wednesday after creditors including Lachlan Murdoch pulled a debt guarantee and outlined plans to restructure the youth-focused free-to-air broadcaster.

Jun 14 2017

Australian TV station Ten in administration after Murdoch-led backers quit

SYDNEY Australian television broadcaster Ten Network Ltd called in administrators on Wednesday after creditors including Lachlan Murdoch pulled a debt guarantee and outlined plans to restructure the youth-focused free-to-air broadcaster.

Jun 07 2017

Qataris banned from flying via UAE as Gulf curbs mount

DUBAI/SYDNEY Qataris will no longer be allowed to land at any airports in the United Arab Emirates or catch connecting flights there as part of increased efforts by Arab powers to isolate the Gulf state.

Jun 07 2017

Qataris banned from flying via UAE as Gulf curbs mount

DUBAI/SYDNEY Qataris will no longer be allowed to land at any airports in the United Arab Emirates or catch connecting flights there as part of increased efforts by Arab powers to isolate the Gulf state.

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