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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

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.

Oct 19 2017

Ecuador's Petroamazonas to issue $350 mln bonds to help pay Schlumberger debt

QUITO, Oct 19 Ecuador's state oil company Petroamazonas said it will issue some $350 million in bonds to repay part of its debts with oil services company Schlumberger as part of a wider deal that also includes other payment decisions.

Oct 04 2017

Ecuador president replaces vice president jailed in Odebrecht probe

QUITO Ecuador's president on Wednesday tapped Urban Development Minister Maria Alejandra Vicuna to replace jailed Jorge Glas as vice president while he is investigated in a corruption scandal centered on Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

Oct 02 2017

Ecuador judge orders arrest of vice president in Odebrecht probe

QUITO An Ecuadorean judge on Monday ordered pre-trial detention for Vice President Jorge Glas as part of an investigation into Brazilian construction company Odebrecht's corruption scandal.

Oct 02 2017

Ecuador prosecutor seeks detention of vice president in Odebrecht probe

QUITO, Oct 2 Ecuador's public prosecutor's office on Monday requested pre-trial detention for the Andean country's Vice President Jorge Glas as part of an investigation into Brazilian construction company Odebrecht's corruption scandal.

Jul 27 2017

Ecuador says clinches new payment deal with Schlumberger

QUITO Ecuador said on Thursday it had successfully negotiated a payment plan with Schlumberger, although it did not specify if the deal included reimbursement for roughly $850 million owed to the oil service company.

Jun 30 2017

Magnitude 6.0 quake hits off Ecuador coast, damage limited

QUITO A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck just off the coast of central Ecuador on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, though the government said damage was limited and only five people suffered minor injuries.

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