Indian Muslims stretch their hands out for refreshments during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Mumbai, India, on Monday. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th-century battle of Kerbala. Arko Datta/Reuters
The Lake Champlain Bridge is imploded in Crown Point, NY, on Monday. The bridge, which connects Crown Point and Addison, Vt., was closed in October because of erosion to its concrete piers. Mike Groll/AP
A team of leading architects and engineers unveiled designs for The Cloud, a structure to commemorate London's role as the host of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The lightweight transparent tower, composed of a 'cloud' of inflatable, light-emitting spheres, would create a three-dimensional display in the skies of London. Courtesy of The Cloud/www.raisethecloud.org
A man walks on the snow at Kibber village in Himachal Pradesh state, India, on Monday. Cold weather is expected to continue in most parts of northern India. AP
A ski mountaineer ascends the Calanda Mountain near Chur, Switzerland, on Sunday. Arno Balzarini/Keystone/AP
Alfa Romeo rounds Tasman Island on the way to Hobart, Australia, on Monday during the Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race in this photo released by Rolex. Kurt Arrigo/Rolex/AP
Thomas Morgenstern from Austria soars through the air during the practice for the first event of The Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament in Oberstdorf, Germany, on Monday. Michael Dalder/Reuters
Firefighters work to extinguish a forest fire in Valparaiso, Chile, on Sunday. More than 6,000 acres of land have been burned by to multiple fires near Valparaiso city but with no reported cases of deaths or injuries, according to local authorities. Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters
Police officers keep watch from a balcony inside Hamburg's airport on Monday. Airports and airlines across Europe moved rapidly to tighten security on US-bound flights after a man tried to set off explosives on a plane flying from Amsterdam to Detroit. Chrisitian Charisius/Reuters
Palestinian children hold candles as they take part in a memorial ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of Israel's offensive in Gaza on Monday in front of the UNSCO building in Gaza City. Khalil Hamra/AP
A view from a helicopter shows Afghan houses near Forward Operating Base Clark and Salerno in Khost province, Afghanistan, on Monday. Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro.
ByFabiola Sanchez and Hannah Dreier, Associated Press
Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, worked on math homework and played cards on main roads around Venezuela's cities Monday, joining in sit-ins to disrupt traffic as the latest slap at the socialist government.
Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro. They turned the road into a kind of public plaza, with protesters settling in for picnics, reading books and reclining under umbrellas they brought to protect against the blazing Caribbean sun.
In the provinces, protests turned deadly. The public prosecutor announced that 54-year-old Renzo Rodriguez was killed by a gunshot to the chest Monday at a protest in the plains state of Barinas. In the mountain town of Merida, state worker Jesus Sulbaran was fatally shot in the neck at a pro-government rally. In addition, five people were injured at the Merida protest, Venezuela ombudsman Tarek William Saab said.
The two killings raised to 23 the number of deaths linked to unrest that began almost a month ago over the Supreme Court's decision to gut the opposition-controlled congress of its powers.
The Caracas gathering was largely peaceful, though some protesters wrapped bandanas around their faces and threw stones at police, prompting state security forces to release a cloud of tear gas.
Juan Carlos Bautista passed the afternoon playing dominos.
"We want to be free. I'm here fighting for my children and my children's children," he said.
The current wave of protests is the most intense the economically struggling country has seen since two months of anti-government protests in 2014 that left dozens dead. But while those protests were led by young people who built flaming barricades in the street, this month's movement is attracting masses of older protesters, who say they are fighting not for themselves, but for the younger generations.
Protesters in at least a dozen other cities staged sit-ins, with some building barricades to stop traffic. In Caracas, protesters dragged concrete slabs, garbage and even a bathtub into the road. Retired professor Lisbeth Colina said she decided to participate in the sit-in for her grandchildren.