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Venezuelan crisis talks make progress on truth commission

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    Venezuela's Vice President Jorge Arreaza, center, accompanied of Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, right, Brazil's Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, third right, Venezuela's Foreign Minister Elias Jaua, fourth right, and Colombia's Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin, fifth right, prepares to speak to the media after a closed door meeting between the government and opposition representatives in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April. 15, 2014. Venezuela's opposition resumed negotiations with the government Tuesday amid rising doubts that the talks will produce a long-sought political opening. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) (The Associated Press)

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    Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, center, executive secretary for the opposition Democratic Unity alliance, speaks to the media after a closed door meeting between the government and opposition representatives in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April. 15, 2014. Venezuela's opposition resumed negotiations with the government Tuesday amid rising doubts that the talks will produce a long-sought political opening. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) (The Associated Press)

Negotiators from Venezuela's government and the opposition agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission tasked with investigating who's to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest.

The compromise was announced following hours of negotiations that took place Tuesday night behind closed doors in what both sides described as a much-needed if torturous attempt at dialogue in a nation polarized by 15 years of socialist rule.

Heading into Tuesday's talks the government had insisted that any probing of the protests be led by Congress, which it dominates. But it partially met the opposition's demands for an independent commission by agreeing to include national figures trusted by both sides.

Talks that began last week are being sponsored by the Vatican as well as three South American nations.