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A woman holds up a blanket with the portrait of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma during a demonstration on Feb. 20 to protest his detention. He was arrested on charges of planning a coup, which he denies. He is one of three opposition mayors who have been jailed; more than 30 face criminal charges. Miguel Gutierrez/EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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The 33 Venezuelan Mayors Who Face Charges (And Oppose The President)

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Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations

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President Obama says new sanctions will target Venezuelan figures who have helped repress human rights. Here, opposition leader Maria Corina Machado (center) marched with opponents of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas to mark International Women's Day. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is welcomed by Saudi Crown Prince Salman in Riyadh on Sunday. The meeting was part of Maduro's diplomatic tour of OPEC members to discuss falling oil prices, which have hit Venezuela's economy hard. Reuters /Landov hide caption

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People queue outside a store to buy home appliances at a preferential price in Caracas last November. The country is suffering from many shortages of basic goods. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuela Braces For A Tough Year Ahead

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Cuban President Fidel Castro (left) and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Barinas, Venezuela, in 2000. The two formed a close partnership, which has continued with their successors. However, the prospect of normal ties between the U.S. and Cuba may also have an impact on relations between Cuba and Venezuela. Jose Goitia/AP hide caption

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In Latin America, Not Everyone Is Thrilled With The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

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Congress Issues New Sanctions Against Venezuelan Leaders 'On The Ropes'

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Actor Samuel Lange Zambrano plays Junior, a boy who becomes obsessed with relaxing his hair. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Pelo Malo' Is A Rare Look Into Latin American Race Relations

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Government-subsidized goods at a state-run market in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2012. Smuggling of cheap groceries into neighboring Colombia is so rampant that the government plans to fingerprint shoppers. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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A demonstrator confronts riot policemen during an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela's capital, on Feb. 22. Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Has Little Leverage To Stop Political Violence In Venezuela

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raises his fist after the National Assembly gave him wide-ranging powers to rule by decree for one year on Nov. 19, 2013. With the economy struggling, demonstrators have taken to the streets the streets. Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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