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Venezuela talks focus on elections, financial crisis

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Venezuelan government representatives, from left to right, diplomat Roy Chaderton, Constitutional Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez, Minister of Communications Jorge Rodriguez, and former Vice President Elias Jaua, pose for a photo at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before taking part in negotiations aimed at resolving Venezuela's ongoing economic and political crisis, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Venezuela’s socialist government and its opposition sought Friday to jumpstart negotiations on resolving the country’s economic and political crisis, pressured by international sanctions and a looming presidential election.