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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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04 Dec 2017

Enter the 'petro'- Venezuela to launch oil-backed cryptocurrency

CARACAS Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked to the world of digital currency to circumvent U.S.-led financial sanctions, announcing on Sunday the launch of the "petro" backed by oil reserves to shore up a collapsed economy. | Video

04 Dec 2017

Venezuela Maduro gains control over oil contracts amid purge

CARACAS Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday gained more powers over the OPEC member's oil contracts, as a deepening purge looks set to strengthen the leftist leader's control of the key energy sector amid a debilitating recession.

30 Nov 2017

Venezuela arrests ex-oil bosses for graft in widening purge

CARACAS Venezuelan authorities on Thursday arrested two once-powerful officials who had run the oil ministry and state energy company PDVSA as part of a deepening industry purge also seen as a power play by leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

27 Nov 2017

New Venezuela oil boss to give military more PDVSA posts

CARACAS A general appointed at the weekend to run Venezuela's energy sector will name more military officers to senior management posts at state oil company PDVSA as part of a shakeup the government says is aimed at fighting corruption, two company sources told Reuters on Monday.

27 Nov 2017

Maduro taps major general to lead Venezuela's deteriorating oil industry

CARACAS Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday tapped a National Guard major general to lead state oil company PDVSA and the Oil Ministry as the OPEC member labors under near 30-year lows in oil production.

27 Nov 2017

Maduro taps major general to lead Venezuela's deteriorating oil industry

CARACAS Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday tapped a National Guard major general to lead state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] and the Oil Ministry as the OPEC member labours under near 30-year lows in oil production.

24 Nov 2017

Venezuela's PDVSA says making bond payments, urges trust

CARACAS Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA said on Friday it was making last-minute payments on two bonds close to default, including one backed by shares in U.S.-based refiner Citgo, and called for "trust" as it seeks to maintain debt service amid a deepening economic crisis.

16 Nov 2017

Venezuela wins Russia and China backing as it says it is honoring debt

MOSCOW/CARACAS Venezuela won easier debt terms from Russia and got a vote of confidence from China on Wednesday, as the oil-rich country said it had starting making interest payments on bonds after a delay that had threatened to trigger a default. | Video

13 Nov 2017

Venezuela offers chocolates but little else to creditors

CARACAS Venezuela's socialist government gifted chocolates to creditors on Monday, but offered no firm proposals at a brief meeting in Caracas that left investors without a clear understanding of the government's strategy to renegotiate $60 billion in debt. | Video

12 Nov 2017

Venezuela's Maduro dismisses default possibility on eve of debt talks

CARACAS Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday the country would never default on its debt, a day before debt talks with creditors that will be overseen by two officials under sanction by the United States.

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