Valentina Vezzali celebrates the Italian team's victory against Russia in the women's team foil final fencing event at the World Fencing Championship in Antalya, Turkey, on Wednesday. Murad Sezer/Reuters
A stag bellows in a wildlife park in Aurach near Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Wednesday. Kerstin Joensson/AP
A Cougar helicopter of the Swiss Air Force releases flares during a flight demonstration of the Swiss Air Force in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. Ruben Sprich/Reuters
Boomer, a 180-pound Landseer Newfoundland dog drinks water from the kitchen sink at Caryn Weber's home in Casselton, N.D., on Oct. 6. The dog measures seven feet from nose to tail, and stands 36 inches tall at the shoulders. Ms. Weber is sending Boomer's measurements to the Guinness World Records fo consideration as the tallest living dog. Dave Wallis/The Forum/AP
A general view of the new PS20 solar plant is seen here, which was inaugurated last month at 'Solucar' solar park in Sanlucar La Mayor, near Seville, Spain. The solar thermal power plant uses mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays onto towers where they produce steam to drive a turbine, producing electricity. Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
A supporter of Honduras' ousted President Manual Zelaya stands next to a barricade outside a public university during a protest in Tegucigalpa, on Wednesday. Diplomats from throughout the hemisphere converged Wednesday in Honduras to resolve a standoff that has left the Central American country with two presidents, a capital with daily protests, and a divided population. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Dancer and choreographer Astad Deboois' troupe perform at a dance festival in New Delhi, India, on Oct. 6. Gurinder Osan/AP
Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu celebrates his birthday in Cape Town, South Africa, on Wednesday. AP
Married women perform rituals during the Karwa Chauth festival in Ahmadabad, India, on Oct. 7. Married Hindu women observe a fast throughout the day and break it in the evening after looking at the moon through a sieve to seek a long life for their husbands. Ajit Solanki/AP
People affected by the floods in India raise their hands to collect food being distributed by charitable volunteer groups at Alampur village, near Hyderabad, India, on Wednesday. Rescue workers with boats and helicopters struggled on Tuesday to deliver rations to about 5 million people in the region where flooding was triggered by torrential rains. Krishnendu Halder/Reuters
Yeoman Warders, known as 'Beefeaters,' line-up during a ceremony where Britain's General Sir Richard Dannatt was installed as the 159th Constable of the Tower of London on Wednesday. Dannatt once commanded Britain's army and is now in charge of one of Britain's most important historical sites, a 1,000 year-old fortress on the Thames River. Matt Dunham/AP
A clown performs during 'Slava's Snowshow,' a performance created and staged by Russian clown Slava Polunin, in Madrid, Spain. Juan Medina/Reuters
An Afghan boy is silhouetted as he swings in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Wednesday. Altaf Qadri/AP
In Kabul, Afghanistan, a man works at Stewart's Turquoise Mountain Foundation on Oct. 4. Omar Sobhani/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.