A cleaner fish swims out of the mouth of a green moray at the tropical aquarium of the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany, on Dec. 29. Christian Charisius/Reuters
A young Palestinian woman paints a mural to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Israel's offensive in Gaza. Hatem Moussa/AP
Protesters demanding the formation of a Indian new state called Telangana in the northern part of Andhra Pradesh state lie on the road in Hyderabad, India, on Dec. 29 as protests over delay in creating a new state continue. AP
Confetti is thrown out of an office window during an 'air-worthiness test' over New York's Times Square on Dec. 29 to prepare for New Year's Eve celebrations, which have been held in Times Square since 1904. Seth Wenig/AP
Lindsey Vonn from the US clears a gate during the first run of the Women's Slalom World Cup race in Lienz, Austria, on Dec. 29. Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters
In a market in Lima, Peru, a vendor sells effigies of Chile's President Michelle Bachelet to be burnt on New Year's Eve. During the New Year's celebration, it is a local tradition for Peruvians to burn effigies of unpopular figures from the past year. This year, effigies of Bachelet and Victor Ariza, a Peruvian military officer who spied for the Chilean government, will be burnt. Mariana Bazo/Reuters
A woman looks out the window of a bus in downtown Moscow on Dec. 29 as a heavy snowfall hit the city. Ivan Sekretarev/AP
Camel riders from Jordan's Badia forces patrol the desert for smugglers and infiltrators near the Syrian border on Dec. 29. The Badia use camels along the 40-mile stretch of the Syrian border strewn with black basalt rock, which cannot be patrolled by car. Majed Jaber/Reuters
A torchlight procession with participants in viking costumes lights up Edinburgh's main street, The Royal Mile, to start the beginning of Hogmanay, five days of concerts and events to celebrate the Scottish New Year. David Cheskin/AP
The Mayon Volcano's crater glows as lava flows out of it in the Philippines on Tuesday. The Philippine government's vulcanologists said Sunday that the Mayon Volcano has been calm over the weekend but warned the public that there could be an explosive eruption soon due to the clogging of magma inside and the swelling of its surface. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
Palestinian security officers perform acrobatics during a celebration marking the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement in the West Bank city of Jenin on Dec. 29. Mohammed Ballas/AP
A woman waves to Israeli magician Hezi Dean through an eight ton block of ice at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Dec. 29. In an attempt to break David Blaine's November 2000 record, Dean plans to stay in the ice for 64 hours and emerge at midnight on Dec. 31. Gil Cohen Magen/Reuters
Pakistani investigators examine the site of Monday's suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, on Dec. 29. The overnight suicide attack on a Shiite Muslim procession in Pakistan's biggest city killed more than 30 people. Shakil Adil/AP
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.