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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

01 Oct 2017

Colombia and ELN rebels begin first-ever ceasefire

BOGOTA Colombia and the Marxist ELN rebels began a ceasefire on Sunday aimed at generating goodwill during complicated talks to end a half-century war that has killed hundreds of thousands.

28 Sep 2017

Colombia's defence minister says drug policy must be long-term

BOGOTA Colombia must maintain eradication and substitution of coca crops as a long-term policy across the Andean nation's isolated jungle and mountain zones to permanently defeat drug trafficking and consolidate peace, the defence minister told Reuters.

10 Sep 2017

Pope to wrap up Colombia trip in Cartagena with focus on poor

BOGOTA/CARTAGENA, Colombia Pope Francis wraps up his trip to Colombia on Sunday with a visit to the Caribbean port city of Cartagena, a top tourist destination famous for its colonial walled ramparts but which masks deep social inequality in its surrounding shantytowns. | Video

08 Sep 2017

Pope Francis to bless Colombia's war victims

VILLAVICENCIO/BOGOTA, Colombia Thousands of victims of Colombia's five-decade war will seek blessings, guidance and a path to forgiveness from Pope Francis on Friday, during his visit to a region that for years has been known as an epicentre of violence.

08 Sep 2017

Pope says Colombia must confront inequality to secure lasting peace

BOGOTA Pope Francis on Thursday urged Colombians to shun vengeance after a bloody 50-year civil war but said leaders had to enact laws to end the "darkness" of injustice and social inequality that breeds violence. | Video

07 Sep 2017

Pope arrives in Colombia to help heal wounds of 50-year war

BOGOTA Pope Francis arrived in Colombia on Wednesday with a message of unity for a nation deeply divided by a peace deal that ended a five-decade war with Marxist FARC rebels but left many victims of the bloodshed wary of the fraught healing process. | Video

05 Sep 2017

Colombia, ELN rebels agree temporary ceasefire starting Oct. 1

BOGOTA Colombia and the Marxist ELN rebel group said on Monday they agreed a temporary ceasefire that would run through mid-January 2018, but it would not be in effect when Pope Francis arrives in the Andean country for a visit later this week.

02 Sep 2017

Exclusive - Colombia's ELN says it killed Russian hostage; risks peace talks with government

NORTHWESTERN JUNGLES, Colombia Colombia's ELN guerrilla group said a Russian-Armenian citizen it held hostage for six months was killed in April while trying to escape, a startling admission that risks throwing current peace talks with the government into jeopardy. 

11 Aug 2017

Colombia central banker says CPI surprise, weak GDP may allow more rate cuts

BOGOTA Colombia's central bank may have scope for further cuts in the key interest rate after a surprise slowdown in inflation that will lead it to close the year within target amid expectations of weak economic growth, a central bank policymaker said.

09 Aug 2017

Colombia finance minister sees no 'shadow' of ratings cut

BOGOTA There is little chance Colombia will have its sovereign credit rating downgraded any time soon, the country's finance minister said late on Tuesday, as the government remains committed to bolstering economic growth and meeting its fiscal targets.

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