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Venezuela opposition struggles to expand appeal

A demonstrator throws a rock towards the police during anti government protest in Valencia, Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The protests began with students and were soon joined by others in several cities, upset over crime, economic problems and heavy-handed government response to the protests. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — It is hard to find toilet paper or flour in oil-rich Venezuela these days and the country is plagued by some of the highest inflation, murder and kidnapping rates in the world. Clashes between protesters and security forces loyal to the president have left 16 dead, and a telegenic opposition leader has been thrown in jail.

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