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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.

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07 Jun 2018

Venezuela frees Chevron executives held since April

CARACAS/HOUSTON Venezuela has released two local executives of U.S. oil major Chevron Corp jailed since mid-April during a corruption probe in the oil sector, authorities and the company said on Wednesday.

02 Jun 2018

Venezuela central bank pays Citi $172 million to recover swapped gold: sources

CARACAS Venezuela's central bank in April paid $172 million to U.S. bank Citigroup to recover part of the gold it had put up as guarantee in a swap operation, according to two sources familiar with the situation.

18 May 2018

Venezuela's Maduro gets support from Erdogan, Maradona ahead of vote

CARACAS/BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela Venezuela's diplomatically isolated president got a show of support from his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan and Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona on Thursday ahead of a weekend election widely decried as unfair.

16 May 2018

Maduro seizes Kellogg plant after it leaves Venezuela due to crisis

CARACAS U.S.-based cereal maker Kellogg Co on Tuesday pulled out of Venezuela due to the country's deep economic crisis, and an angry President Nicolas Maduro said its units would be taken over and given to workers.

04 May 2018

Venezuela says taking over Banesco for 90 days, arrests 11 top bank execs

CARACAS Venezuela said on Thursday it would take over the country's leading private bank Banesco for 90 days and announced the arrest of 11 top executives for "attacks" against the country's rapidly depreciating bolivar currency.

27 Apr 2018

Exclusive: Venezuela faces heavy bill as grace period lapses on China loans - sources

CARACAS A grace period on Chinese loans to Venezuela has lapsed, according to two Venezuelan sources with knowledge of the matter, potentially depriving the cash-strapped OPEC nation of billions of dollars in desperately needed oil revenue this year.

24 Apr 2018

Venezuelan banks shrivel as inflation roars and credit dries up

CARACAS Venezuela's hyperinflation has turned the struggling OPEC nation's once-powerful banks into warehouses of useless cash that are worth a total of only $40 million, according to a Reuters analysis of regulatory data.

18 Apr 2018

Venezuela bondholders inch toward $50 billion debt default showdown

LONDON/CARACAS Investors holding billions of dollars in defaulted Venezuelan bonds have formed at least one bondholder committee that is seeking a financial adviser, according to several sources familiar with the matter, in a sign they may be gearing up for a legal dispute.

23 Mar 2018

Venezuela knocks three zeros off ailing currency amid hyperinflation

CARACAS Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro ordered a re-denomination of the ailing bolivar currency on Thursday, by knocking three zeroes off amid hyperinflation and a crippling economic crisis.

21 Mar 2018

China stays on the sidelines as Venezuela spirals downward

CARACAS/BEIJING China is likely to extend an agreement providing crisis-stricken Venezuela with favorable loans repayment terms but will not lend fresh funds to President Nicolas Maduro's government, according to sources in Caracas and Beijing familiar with the situation.

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