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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

Jul 18 2018

Palm oil from Indonesia's shrinking forests taints global brands: report

JAKARTA Palm oil sourced from illegally cleared rainforest areas in Indonesia has flowed through traders to major consumer goods brands despite widespread commitments to cease purchases of non-sustainable oil, a new report says.

Jul 13 2018

What's left to resolve in Indonesia's $3.9 billion mine deal with Freeport?

JAKARTA Freeport-McMoRan Inc agreed on Thursday to sell a majority stake in the world's second-biggest copper mine to the Indonesian government via a series of complex deals worth $3.85 billion, potentially ending a long-running dispute on mining rights.

Jul 12 2018

Indonesia's Inalum secures $5.2 billion financing for Freeport deal: sources

JAKARTA Indonesia's state-owned miner Inalum has secured $5.2 billion in financing from 11 foreign and local banks, according to sources with knowledge of the matter, to be used in part to buy a majority stake in the Grasberg copper mine.

Jul 10 2018

Wet weather slows Indonesian coal exports, supports prices

JAKARTA Wetter than normal weather in recent months has slowed coal shipments from one of the main producing regions in Indonesia, the world's top thermal coal exporter, according to weather data, brokers and analysts, supporting prices of the fuel.

Jun 22 2018

Indonesians face daunting task to recover bodies from ferry sunk in crater lake

TIGARAS, Indonesia, June 22 Indonesian teams searching a lake for a sunken ferry in the hope of recovering nearly 200 bodies trapped inside have to contend with dangerous currents and cold, murky water far deeper than any scuba diver can ever go.

Jun 22 2018

Indonesia questions captain of sunken ferry, widens search for victims

TIGARAS, Indonesia Indonesian police on Thursday questioned the captain of a ferry that sank without trace in a volcanic lake in Sumatra this week, warning that a criminal investigation could be launched over a disaster that has left at least 192 people missing.

Jun 20 2018

Divers, underwater drone join Indonesia's search for 192 missing in ferry disaster

TIGARAS, Indonesia Divers and an underwater drone on Wednesday joined a fleet of rescue vessels in Indonesia's search for at least 192 passengers missing two days after an overcrowded wooden ferry sank in one of the world's deepest volcanic lakes in Sumatra. | Video

May 24 2018

Distraction or disaster? Freeport’s giant Indonesian mine haunted by audit report

JAKARTA A state audit of operations at Indonesia's Grasberg mine has cast a cloud over the government's multi-billion-dollar deal to take a majority stake in the mine from Freeport McMoRan Inc and its partner Rio Tinto , according to government and company officials.

May 23 2018

Rio Tinto negotiates Grasberg copper exit

MELBOURNE/JAKARTA Global miner Rio Tinto Ltd confirmed on Wednesday it was in discussions to sell its interest in the world's second largest copper mine to Indonesia's state mining holding company Inalum.

May 08 2018

Freeport Indonesia divestment still targeted for this year, Inalum says

NUSA DUA, Indonesia Freeport-McMoRan Inc's divestment of a controlling interest in Indonesia's Grasberg mine is still planned for 2018, even though the price and some contract terms are still to be agreed, the head of state mining holding company PT Inalum said.


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