An Afghan girl looks at US Marines as they speak with her father during a patrol in Garmsir district of the Helmand province in Afghanistan. Asmaa Waguih/Reuters
Carol Greider, professor in the department of molecular biology and genetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and winner of a share of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine, wears glasses as a joke upon arriving for a news conference in Baltimore, Md. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
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Matt Lockett participates in an anti-abortion demonstration outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Monday as the court began a new session. Evan Vucci/AP
The shadows of Palestinian demonstrators are seen in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday. The group was protesting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to withdraw support for a UN report that alleged Israel and Hamas committed war crimes in last winter's Gaza war. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Israeli border police officers detain a Palestinian youth during clashes in the Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem. Israel deployed thousands of policemen on Monday in and around Jerusalem's Old City to prevent a new round of clashes around a tense site holy to Jews and Muslims. Conflict broke out in reaction to Israel's closure of the entrances to the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third-holiest site. About 150 Palestinians who gathered for a prayer service near the city's Lion's Gate on Sunday morning hurled rocks and bottles at Israeli police, who fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd. Dan Balilty/AP
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The Uganda Peoples Defense Army burn a stash of about 3,500 illegal armaments in Kampala, Uganda, on Monday. The confiscated arms collection ranges from AK47s to machine guns, and was recovered from Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels and robbers around the nation. Stephen Wandera/AP
People gathered to cool off at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez fountain in downtown San Jose, Calif., on Monday. The eighth day of a scorching heat wave in the region threatened to drive the demand for electricity to record levels, and state energy managers elevated their emergency warning as they dipped into some reserve supplies to keep up with the demand for power. John Stubler/AP
A man sells blended chili in a traditional market, which was damaged by the earthquake last week in Padang, Indonesia. Markets reopened in Padang on Monday, and Indonesia rescuers stopped searching for survivors, five days after the 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit the city. Rescue workers are shifting their efforts to surrounding villages hit by mudslides in the quake's aftermath. Enny Nuraheni/Reuters
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Chicago Bulls center Brad Miller takes a nap after their practice session at the 02 Arena in London on Monday. The Bulls will face the Utah Jazz at the arena on Tuesday. Pat Roque/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.