A worker pulls himself through a bed of 'Wishing Spheres' in Singapore on Jan. 4. People wrote their wishes for 2010 on the spheres, which were illuminated in the marina as part of the city-state's New Year's celebrations. Wong Maye-E/AP
The Burj Khalifa, formerly known as the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest skyscraper, is lit up as part of opening ceremonies in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday. Ana Marin/Reuters
A Romanian family walks along a pedestrian way decorated with holiday lights in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday evening. Vadim Ghirda/AP
Visitors look at ice sculptures featured in the Art Ice Sculpture Festival in Moscow, Russia, on Jan. 4 at Poklonnaya Gora War Memorial Park. Alexander Natruskin/Reuters
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ski at the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort near Sochi, Russia, on Jan. 3. Dmitry Stakhov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters
A female Siberian maral looks at the camera in its enclosure at the Roev Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Monday. The temperature in Krasnoyarsk stays near -31 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
South African President Jacob Zuma (front r.) takes part in a dance during his traditional wedding to Tobeka Madiba, his fifth wife, in Nkandla in Northern KwaZulu-Natal on Jan. 4. The ceremony took place at Zuma's traditional home in the province where he married Madiba according to clan custom. Multiple marriages are allowed in South Africa and are part of Zulu culture, but the practice has drawn criticism. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Children in costumes sing carols as they walk from house to house in Lofer, Austria, on Jan. 4. Traditionally, the children carol to raise money for poor children in other countries around the holiday season. Kerstin Joensson/AP
A woman stands on the steps of New York City Hall protesting the state's plans for shale oil driling in the city's watershed in New York on Jan. 4. Last week, the EPA said it had 'serious reservations' about allowing shale gas drilling in the watershed, warning of a threat to the drinking water for 9 million people. The drilling process, known as hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' involves blasting through rock with a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals used to split the shale formations and free trapped gas. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Tobias Angerer from Germany competes during a 1.2K sprint cross country race in Prague, Czech Republic on Jan. 4 as part of the Tour de Ski. Petr David Josek/AP
Pakistani boys play table football in Lahore, Pakistan, on Jan. 4. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Jabr Al-Thani walk to a press conference following their bilateral meeting at the State Department in Washington on Monday. Jason Reed/Reuters
People wave as they watch the 3rd stage of the 2010 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally between La Rioja and Fiambala, Argentina on Jan. 4. Natacha Pisarenko/AP
The Obama family steps off of Marine One after arriving from Hawaii at the White House on Monday. Kevin Lamarque/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.