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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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Argentina MSCI upgrade could lower credit costs, minister says

BUENOS AIRES, June 20 Argentina's upgrade to emerging market status by index provider MSCI on Wednesday could lower the cost of borrowing, its treasury minister said, as the decision likely paved the way for a jump in its stocks, bonds and currency.

20 Jun 2018

IMF board approves $50 billion Argentina deal, disburses first payment

BUENOS AIRES The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) executive board approved a $50 billion (£37.9 billion) financing deal for Argentina on Wednesday and has disbursed the first tranche of $15 billion to the Argentine government, fund authorities said.

20 Jun 2018

Coal, Paris deal isolates U.S. from other G20 nations at energy meeting

BARILOCHE, Argentina The United States split from other Group of 20 member countries on Friday over the future of the coal industry and the 2015 Paris climate accord, though all of them agreed to transition to cleaner fuels to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

15 Jun 2018

Uruguay to adopt permanent offer process for offshore oil blocks: minister

BARILOCHE, Argentina Uruguay will move toward a permanent offer process for offshore oil blocks as other Latin American countries have done, after an April auction failed to attract bids, Industry, Energy and Mining Minister Carolina Cosse said in an interview this week.

14 Jun 2018

Argentina to export natural gas to Chile by end of 2018

BARILOCHE, Argentina, June 14 Argentina will begin exporting natural gas to neighboring Chile before the end of the year, the energy ministers of both countries said on Thursday, as output from the Vaca Muerta shale field rises.

08 Jun 2018

IMF says Argentina fiscal goals are flexible, stocks cheer deal

BUENOS AIRES Argentina could revise the fiscal targets set as part of a $50 billion (£37.3 billion) financing arrangement with the International Monetary Fund to increase spending on social programs, an IMF director said on Friday.

08 Jun 2018

Argentina clinches $50 billion IMF financing deal, to speed up cuts

BUENOS AIRES Argentina and the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday they reached an agreement for a three-year, $50 billion (£37.2 billion) standby lending arrangement, which the government said it sought to provide a safety net and avoid the frequent crises of the country's past. | Video

06 Jun 2018

IMF talks may push Argentina to more central bank independence

BUENOS AIRES, June 6 Argentina's financing deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will likely include measures strengthening the central bank's independence, which has been questioned since the government changed inflation targets last year, economists said.

31 May 2018

Lacking tickets, Venezuela's Caracas metro gives free rides

CARACAS Earlier this month, supervisors at the 53 stations in the metro system in Venezuela's capital Caracas received an unprecedented order: once your supply of tickets runs out, unlock the turnstiles and let passengers ride free.

23 May 2018

Venezuela expels U.S. envoys in response to sanctions

CARACAS President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of two top U.S. diplomats in Caracas in retaliation for a new round of sanctions over Venezuela's widely-condemned election, accusing them of a 'conspiracy' that was denied by the State Department.

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