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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

Aug 09 2018

Australian miners steam ahead with lithium exploration

KALGOORLIE Australian miners are ramping up exploration for lithium even as prices dip, betting on renewed strength in the raw material used for rechargeable batteries.

Aug 03 2018

Battery boom skeptics seen driving short holdings in lithium miners

MELBOURNE Short selling of shares in lithium miners SQM, Albemarle, Galaxy and Orocobre has ballooned this year, reflecting what fund managers say is a sign of growing scepticism of an imminent battery boom.

Aug 01 2018

Rio Tinto falls as profit miss highlights cost concerns

MELBOURNE Global miner Rio Tinto said on Wednesday its first-half profit grew 12 percent, missing estimates and sending its shares lower even though it earmarked an additional $1 billion to buy back London-listed stock. | Video

Jul 27 2018

Ecobalt investors call for sale, new management on delays

TORONTO/MELBOURNE July 27 Two large shareholders in Canada's Ecobalt Solutions Inc are calling for a change in senior management or the launch of a sales process, saying ongoing mine development delays are wasting a windfall from high battery sector demand.

Jul 13 2018

Unloved uranium sector eyed for revival on reactor build

MELBOURNE Seven years on from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, the beaten down uranium sector is attracting interest as analysts and investors see signs its time in the wilderness may drawing to an end.

Jul 04 2018

Australian team back home, facing sanctions after 'basketbrawl' in Manila

MELBOURNE The Australian men's basketball team returned home on Wednesday facing possible sanctions from the sport's governing body after a massive mid-game brawl during a World Cup qualifier in Manila.

Jun 29 2018

Australia's Atlas Iron backs billionaire's buyout offer

SYDNEY Australian iron ore miner Atlas Iron on Friday endorsed a A$390 million ($287 million) buyout from billionaire Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting, taking the mining heiress closer to securing two key shipping berths in the west of the country.

Jun 26 2018

Samarco, Vale, BHP sign deal with Brazil authorities over dam disaster

RIO DE JANEIRO/MELBOURNE Samarco [SAMNE.UL] and parent companies Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd have signed a deal with Brazilian authorities that settles a 20 billion reais ($5.30 billion) lawsuit related to a 2015 dam burst that killed 19 people, Vale and BHP said on Monday.

Jun 25 2018

Tantalum miner threatens expansion at Australia's biggest lithium mine

MELBOURNE - A partner in one of the world's largest lithium mines said on Monday trial dates have been set to determine whether expansion at the Western Australian mine, in which China's Tianqi Lithium holds a stake, would unfairly impact its minerals rights.

Jun 18 2018

Gina Rinehart's $290 million bid heats up Atlas Iron tussle

MELBOURNE Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting lodged a A$390 million ($290 million) bid for Atlas Iron Ltd on Monday, potentially setting off a three-way struggle for the small iron ore miner.

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