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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

Feb 04 2018

Ecuador votes on re-election limits, likely dashing Correa comeback

QUITO Ecuadoreans on Sunday vote in a referendum on whether to prevent unlimited presidential re-election, with polls indicating the motion will likely pass and block former leftist President Rafael Correa from returning to power.

Feb 04 2018

Ecuadoreans back limits on presidential re-election in blow to Correa

QUITO Ecuadoreans on Sunday voted to prevent presidents from holding more than two terms in office, according to the elections council, a win for President Lenin Moreno that blocks his mentor-turned-adversary Rafael Correa from returning to power.

Feb 04 2018

Ecuador votes on re-election limits, likely dashing Correa comeback

QUITO Ecuadoreans on Sunday vote in a referendum on whether to prevent unlimited presidential re-election, with polls indicating the motion will likely pass and block former leftist President Rafael Correa from returning to power.

Jan 11 2018

Ecuador gives Assange citizenship, seeks end to embassy stay

QUITO/LONDON Ecuador has given citizenship to Julian Assange as part of its efforts to allow the WikiLeaks founder to leave the country’s London embassy where he has been holed up for more than five years. | Video

Jan 09 2018

Ecuador says exploring mediation to solve Assange standoff

QUITO Ecuador said on Tuesday it was exploring mediation to solve the standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador's Embassy in London for five years, and called for cooperation from the United Kingdom and the international community.

Dec 13 2017

Ecuador court sentences VP to six years in jail in Odebrecht graft case

QUITO An Ecuadorean court on Wednesday sentenced Vice President Jorge Glas to six years in jail after finding him guilty of receiving bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht [ODBCT.UL] in return for handing the scandal-ridden firm state contracts.

Nov 16 2017

Ecuador drops plan to request exemption from OPEC cut: oil minister

QUITO Ecuador has abandoned for now a plan to ask OPEC for an exemption from its share of the organization's oil production cut as crude prices are reacting positively to the group's measures, the country's oil minister said on Thursday.

Nov 01 2017

Ecuador president removed as head of ruling party as feud deepens

QUITO Ecuador's ruling Country Alliance party, founded by former president Rafael Correa over a decade ago, has removed President Lenin Moreno as its head, citing "repeated failures" in leadership, as a schism between the former allies deepens.

Oct 24 2017

Ecuador seeks renegotiation of China oil sales, loans

QUITO, Oct 24 Ecuador is seeking to renegotiate oil deals with Chinese firms to get higher prices for its crude exports and reduce the amount it has to send the Asian giant, the head of state-owned Petroecuador, Byron Ojeda, said on Tuesday.

Oct 21 2017

Ecuador defends big Yasuni rainforest oil bet

YASUNI PARK, Ecuador The manager of state oil company Petroamazonas defended Ecuador’s plans to expand exploitation of major oil reserves in one of the world's most species-diverse rainforests, saying it will ensure minimum environmental impact and use appropriate technology.

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