A protester wears a skull mask during a demonstration to mark International Human Rights Day in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday. Tatan Syuflana/AP
Canadian Maxime Gingras jumps during morning training for a FIS freestyle moguls event in Suomu, Finland, on Thursday. Mike Ridewood/CFSA/The Canadian Press/AP
Palm trees and Christmas trees decorate the square in front of the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco on Thursday. Lionel Cironneau/AP
An Airdale named Lisa sits politely on her grooming stand after being brushed at the Crown Classic Dog Show in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday. Thousands of dogs will compete throughout the weekend in the last large, national dog show before the Westminster Dog Show in New York City in February. Amy Sancetta/AP
In Dharmsala, India, exiled Tibetan children in traditional costume perform at the Tsuglakhang temple to mark the 20th anniversary of the Dalai Lama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Ashwini Bhatia/AP
Guests attend the Nobel Banquet in the Stockholm Town Hall on Thursday. Claudio Bresciani/Scanpix/AP
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch the torch parade from the balcony of their hotel in Oslo, Norway, on Thursday. Earlier, President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize. Susan Walsh/AP
Lim Eun-ji of South Korea competes in the Women's Pole Vault final of the East Asian Games in Hong Kong on Thursday. Kin Cheung/AP
US Marine Lance Cpl. Grayson Barnette speaks to two young Afghan children during a patrol in Khan Neshin in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Thursday. Kevin Frayer/AP
Members of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland gather at the Black Watch Memorial at Aberfeldy in Scotland, on Thursday. The Black Watch assembled at the memorial and marched through Aberfeldy in appreciation of the support offered during their recent deployment to Afghanistan. Russell Cheyne/Reuters
People cross waste water flowing out of industrial units in Jammu, India, on Thursday. The $10 billion a year proposed by rich nations to help the poor adapt to climate change is 'not sufficient' and the gap between what is offered and what is needed could throw a wrench into the Copenhagen climate conference, according to American billionaire investor-philanthropist George Soros. Channi Anand/AP
Paul Dreher, a building maintenance employee, waves to a co-worker after checking for ice and snow damage to the roof in downtown Omaha, Neb., on Thursday. Cold wind followed the snowstorm that struck the Midwest and drove temperatures far below zero. Nati Harnik/AP
A coalition of Indian and international NGOs, religious leaders, and affected communities gathered at the Lotus Temple in Delhi to release sky lanterns with the message 'Save the Climate Act Now' written on them. The function was organized by Greenpeace, Christian Aid, and Oxfam India to target world leaders meeting in Copenhagen at the United Nations Climate Change Summit. Peter Caton/Greenpeace/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.