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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

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Australia's Wesfarmers sees signs of grocery recovery as H1 profit slumps

SYDNEY Australian retail giant Wesfarmers Ltd said it saw signs of a recovery in its core grocery business after a price war with rival Woolworths Ltd, sending its shares sharply higher despite an 87 percent slump in first-half profit.

Feb 15 2018

Australia PM bans sex between ministers and staff after deputy's 'shocking' affair

SYDNEY Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday banned sex between ministers and staff and rounded on his deputy for a "shocking error of judgment" by having an affair with a press secretary. | Video

Feb 15 2018

For Australian winemakers, Chinese relationships are bearing fruit

HUNTER VALLEY, Australia/SHANGHAI Wang Zhe, a wealthy Chinese businessman from Guangzhou, liked his glass of decade-old Chardonnay at an Australian winery so much he wanted more. | Video

Feb 15 2018

For Australian winemakers, Chinese relationships are bearing fruit

HUNTER VALLEY, Australia/SHANGHAI Wang Zhe, a wealthy Chinese businessman from Guangzhou, liked his glass of decade-old Chardonnay at an Australian winery so much he wanted more. | Video

Feb 15 2018

Australia's Telstra finds lower-margin growth in first half

SYDNEY Telstra Corp Ltd said on Thursday it is offsetting ebbing earnings from its legacy landlines, for now, but that the new growth is coming from much lower-margin businesses.

Feb 14 2018

For Australian winemakers, Chinese relationships are bearing fruit

HUNTER VALLEY, Australia/SHANGHAI, Feb 15 Wang Zhe, a wealthy Chinese businessman from Guangzhou, liked his glass of decade-old Chardonnay at an Australian winery so much he wanted more.

Feb 05 2018

Wesfarmers says $1 billion Homebase writedown its own fault

SYDNEY Retail giant Wesfarmers Ltd wrote off British hardware chain Homebase for more than its purchase price, saying on Monday it had made a series of mistakes that serve as another cautionary tale for Australian firms expanding overseas.

Feb 05 2018

In Australia, Amazon is still finding its way

SYDNEY When Kiri Pomery ordered a red Santa Claus hat from Amazon.com Inc's new Australian operation, the estimated delivery time to her address in outback Western Australia seemed too good to be true.

Jan 30 2018

Varian Medical swoops on Australia's Sirtex in $1.3 billion cash deal

SYDNEY U.S. cancer-treatment company Varian Medical Systems is buying Australian liver-cancer treatment maker Sirtex Medical for $1.3 billion, the latest in a wave of big M&A deals sweeping the global healthcare sector.

Jan 29 2018

China's Wanda Group gets $913 million from sale of Australian projects

HONG KONG/SYDNEY Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group has agreed to sell its two Australian projects to a China-backed developer for a total of A$1.13 billion ($913 million) in equity and assumed debt.

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