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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

Jun 12 2018

Venezuela oil upgraders halting operations amid export crisis: sources

CARACAS/HOUSTON Venezuela's state-run PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] and partners have halted operations at two upgraders that convert extra-heavy oil into exportable crude and plan to stop work at two others, according to six sources close to the projects, a move aimed at easing the strains from a tanker backlog that is delaying shipments.

Jun 06 2018

Venezuela's PDVSA raises prospect of force majeure on oil exports: sources

HOUSTON/CARACAS OPEC member Venezuela has raised the prospect of declaring force majeure on contracts with major crude buyers amid plummeting output from its oil fields and tanker bottlenecks at ports, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Jun 02 2018

Venezuela frees more anti-Maduro activists

CARACAS Venezuela was freeing a second group of jailed opponents of President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday after admonishing them for alleged violent crimes against the socialist government.

May 30 2018

Cuba's new leader praises Maduro in 'solidarity' visit to Venezuela

CARACAS Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel flew to Caracas on Wednesday for his first foreign trip as head of state, a show of solidarity for Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, whose controversial re-election this month has drawn condemnation in the West.

May 23 2018

Venezuela expels U.S. envoys in response to sanctions

CARACAS President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of two top U.S. diplomats in Caracas in retaliation for a new round of sanctions over Venezuela's widely-condemned election, accusing them of a 'conspiracy' that was denied by the State Department.

May 10 2018

Venezuela suggests ready to pay after Conoco moves on its Caribbean assets

CARACAS Venezuela on Thursday rejected ConocoPhillips's moves to seize the country's Caribbean assets to collect on a $2 billion arbitration award, but in a sign the U.S. oil company's pressure might be working, Caracas also suggested it was ready to pay.

May 06 2018

Exclusive: Conoco moves to take over Venezuelan PDVSA's Caribbean assets - sources

HOUSTON/CARACAS U.S. oil firm ConocoPhillips has moved to take Caribbean assets of Venezuela's state-run PDVSA to enforce a $2 billion arbitration award over a decade-oil nationalization of its projects in the South American country, according to three sources familiar with its actions.

May 01 2018

Venezuela presidential aspirant vows $75/month minimum wage

CARACAS Presidential candidate Henri Falcon pledged on Tuesday to raise Venezuela's minimum wage to $75 per month in a newly-dollarized economy should he beat the ruling socialists in a May 20 vote.

Apr 23 2018

Venezuela vote rivals launch campaigns with gifts, promises of change

CARACAS Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro kicked off his presidential campaign giving away trash trucks and tractors while challenger Henri Falcon laid out plans to de-politicize state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] and dollarize an ailing economy.

Apr 17 2018

Under military rule, Venezuela oil workers quit in a stampede

CARACAS Chauffeured around in a sleek black pick-up, the head of Venezuela's oil industry, Major General Manuel Quevedo, last month toured a joint venture with U.S. major Chevron.


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