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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

Dec 01 2017

Venezuela money supply up 14 percent in one week, fastest rise on record

Venezuela's money supply rose a whopping 14 percent in just one week last month, its steepest rise since records began in 1940, according to central bank figures released Friday.

Dec 01 2017

Islamic State seizes new Afghan foothold after luring Taliban defectors

JAWZJAN, Afghanistan/KABUL When a Taliban commander defected to Islamic State in northern Afghanistan a few months ago, his men and the foreign fighters he invited in started to enslave local women and set up a bomb-making school for 300 children, officials and residents said.

Nov 23 2017

U.S. strikes on Taliban opium labs won't work, say Afghan farmers

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan/KABUL As U.S. and Afghan forces pound Taliban drug factories this week, farmers in the country's largest opium producing-province and narcotics experts say the strategy just repeats previous failed efforts to stamp out the trade.

Nov 21 2017

Afghanistan's economy slowly on rise, to grow 2.6 percent this year - World Bank

KABUL Afghanistan's economy is expected to grow 2.6 percent this year, up slightly from the previous year despite deteriorating security, the World Bank said in a report on Tuesday.

Nov 20 2017

U.S., Afghan forces strike opium factories to curb Taliban funds

KABUL U.S. and Afghan forces have launched joint attacks on Taliban opium factories to try to curb the insurgent group's economic lifeline, officials from both countries said on Monday. | Video

Nov 15 2017

Special Report: How a defrocked judge became the chief legal enforcer for Maduro's Venezuela

CARACAS Last March, Chief Justice Maikel Moreno shocked Venezuela when his Supreme Court nullified the powers of the National Assembly and transferred them to the 32-judge tribunal.

Oct 18 2017

Venezuela opposition refuses swearing in, small protest breaks out

CARACAS/PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela Venezuela's opposition refused on Wednesday to swear in newly-elected governors before a pro-government legislative superbody it deems unconstitutional, as a small protest broke out in southern Bolivar state over fraud allegations.

Oct 17 2017

Venezuela defends vote, opposition divided over fraud claim

CARACAS, Oct 17 President Nicolas Maduro's leftist government defended Venezuela's election system on Tuesday as his opponents struggled to present a united front on allegations of fraud after a nationwide weekend vote.

Sep 07 2017

Venezuela's monthly inflation rises to 34 percent: National Assembly

CARACAS Venezuela's monthly inflation rate jumped to 33.8 percent in August, with food price rises reaching hyper-inflationary levels above 50 percent, the opposition-controlled National Assembly said on Thursday.

Aug 10 2017

Ousted Venezuelan prosecutor says she fears for her life, will keep fighting

CARACAS Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor said on Thursday she fears for her life and is on the run, but will keep fighting for democracy and freedom in the country after being fired by a controversial new legislative superbody.

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