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Venezuela arrests top oil officials in corruption probe

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In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, Venezuela's Minister of Petroleum and Mining Eulogio Del Pino speaks to journalists prior to the start of a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Venezuelan authorities said Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, that they've arrested Del Pino in a widening corruption probe into the state-run oil industry. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities on Thursday arrested two former top officials in a widening corruption probe into the state-run oil industry that some see as an attempt by President Nicolas Maduro to consolidate power within his socialist party ahead of next year’s presidential elections.