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Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez shout "Freedom for Leopoldo" outside a court in Caracas in September. Lopez, Venezuela's best known political prisoner, was arrested and sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison after giving a speech at a demonstration last year. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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Winning Big, Venezuela's Opposition Now Plans Push For Prisoner Release

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A demonstrator wears a box that reads in Spanish, "Salary raise now," during a protest by university professors and students at Venezuela's Central University in Caracas on May 28. A typical professor's salary is now worth the equivalent of $35 a month due to runaway inflation. Leading public universities have been closed due to strikes since September. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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Venezuela's University Professors Vote With Their Feet

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Mothers take care of their children while lining up to buy staple goods outside a supermarket in Caracas earlier this month. CarlosS Garcia Rawlins/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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The Nightmare Of Grocery Shopping In Venezuela

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Venezuelan comedian Laureano Marquez performs a stand-up routine at a theater in Caracas last year. Marquez says the government is now cracking down on comedians who make jokes about the government and the country's economic problems. Christian Veron/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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It's No Joke: Venezuela Cracks Down On Comedians

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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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