Venezuela Opposition Says 5 ‘Political Prisoners’ Released

  • Release comes after Vatican-mediated talks started Sunday
  • Opposition says it’s still planning to advance with agenda

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, looks at Vatican's pontifical council for social communications, Monsignor Claudio Maria Celli as he gives a speech at the meeting between Venezuela's government and opposition leaders for Vatican-backed talks, in a bid to defuse the country's political crisis, in Caracas on October 30, 2016.

Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Venezuela’s opposition alliance said late Monday that the government of Nicolas Maduro released five opposition figures from jail in what could be the first sign of a political thaw after Vatican-mediated talks started up on Sunday.

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