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Marc Frank

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

Mar 22 2018

Cuba cracks open wholesale food sales for state-linked cooperatives

HAVANA Cuba's first wholesale outlet to supply former state-run eateries that are now cooperatives opened for business this week in Havana, a slap in the face to private start-ups that face higher costs.

Mar 06 2018

Cash-strapped Cuba imposes new restrictions on imports

HAVANA Cuba has imposed new restrictions on imports by state-run companies, ordering them to obtain a letter of credit from the central bank for purchases above the equivalent of $100,000, as the Communist-run island struggles with a shortage of cash and mounting commercial debt.

Mar 02 2018

Drastic staff cuts at U.S. Embassy in Cuba now permanent

HAVANA The United States said on Friday it was making permanent its decision last year to slash staffing at its Havana embassy by around two-thirds because a spate of alleged health incidents among its diplomats remained unsolved.

Feb 02 2018

Fidel Castro's eldest son 'Fidelito' commits suicide

HAVANA The eldest son of late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, committed suicide on Thursday aged 68 after being treated for months for depression, Cuban state-run media reported. | Video

Jan 29 2018

Cuba cancels sugar exports; Hurricane Irma, January rains hit harvest

HAVANA Cuba canceled sugar exports this month and is struggling to meet local demand after rain all but washed out harvesting, the head of the state sugar monopoly said over the weekend.

Jan 28 2018

Trump casts pall on inauguration of U.S. statue of Marti in Cuba

HAVANA U.S. supporters of improved relations with Cuba joined the top leadership of the Caribbean country on Sunday to inaugurate a replica of a New York statue of its independence hero Jose Marti.

Jan 15 2018

Cuban economy ever more opaque as data omitted from 2016 accounts

HAVANA Cuba has not provided a detailed breakdown of key economic activity in its annual statistical abstract for the first time this century, leaving would-be investors more in the dark than usual about the Communist-run economy.

Jan 04 2018

Top EU diplomat meets Cuban president at end of visit

HAVANA The European Union's top diplomat Federica Mogherini met Cuban President Raul Castro on Thursday as she ended a two-day visit to the Communist country aimed at strengthening engagement even as the Trump administration backtracks on a fragile detente.

Jan 03 2018

European Union diplomat visits Cuba to strengthen ties

HAVANA The European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, arrived in Cuba on Wednesday to help strengthen member countries' economic and political ties with the Communist-run island.

Dec 06 2017

China's exports to Cuba slump as island's cash crunch deepens

HAVANA Chinese exports to Cuba have plunged this year in the latest sign of a worsening in the Communist-run island's financial situation, which began in 2015 with the economic crisis in its top trading partner Venezuela.


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