Afghan refugees are reflected in a small river while a man crosses it in a poor neighborhood in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Thursday. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
A lone cygnet defends its territory against a playful dog at the lake at Virginia Water in England, which has been frozen by plunging temperatures and severe snow storms. About 4,000 people were without electricity in southern England Thursday and drivers faced icy roads. Major airports Heathrow and Gatwick were open, but hundreds of flights were cancelled due to the snow storms. Steve Parsons/AP
Singer Lady Gaga is announced as Polaroid creative director at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nev., on Thursday. The show runs from Jan. 7 -10. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
A sculpture made from nearly 1,000 pounds of butter is on display at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pa., on Thursday. The sculpture features a cow at the breakfast table with a dairy farmer and his family. Sculptor Jim Victor used butter donated by Land O'Lakes in Carlisle, Pa. Carolyn Kaster/AP
A young Indian street performer puts on a show outside the Mahabodhi Buddhist Temple where Tibetan Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been teaching in Bodh Gaya, India, on Jan. 7. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Members of the Georgian Orthodox Church carry national flags during a religious procession in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Jan. 7 to mark the Orthodox Christmas. According to the Julian calendar, which Orthodox churches such as those in Russia and Greece follow, Christmas falls on Jan. 7. Shakh Aivazov/AP
A Yemeni man reads the Koran at the Grand Mosque in Sanaa, Yemen, on Jan. 7. Yemen, hunting al Qaeda within its own borders, believes its own security forces must fight militants on its territory and rejects any direct US intervention, according to the foreign minister. Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters
A ballet student, part of a class of girls from three to five-years-old, stretches her legs during lessons in a sports center in Shanghai, China, on Jan. 7. Nir Elias/Reuters
A manatee is seen near where the Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) dumps warm water in Riviera Beach, Fla., on Thursday as the region experiences unusually cold temperatures. As another pocket of arctic air moves into the southern United States over the weekend, the warm waters near FPL pipes will help prevent manatee deaths. The animals need a minimum of 61 degrees Fahrenheit to survive. Carlos Barria/Reuters
BMW's Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret race in stage six of the Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally 2010 between Antofagasta and Iquique, Chile, on Jan. 7. Natacha Pisarenko/AP
Machines collect sand from the beach in Scarborough, England after supplies of grit for roads ran out in the city on Jan. 7. Large parts of England have been experiencing heavy snow storms and freezing temperatures this week. Nigel Roddis/Reuters
A 'Diablada' dancer performs on the streets of Pillaro, Ecuador on Jan. 6. The annual procession dates back over 300 years to colonial times when Spanish landowners gave workers a day off to celebrate the new year. Guillermo Granja/Reuters
A hotel used by rebels suspected of an attack in Sinagar, India on Wednesday burns on Jan. 7. Troops entered the hotel on Thursday as government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir ended a more than 20-hour-long gun battle with suspected rebels by killing two of the attackers, police said. Mukhtar Khan/AP
Servicemen from the Belarussian Interior Ministry's Special Unit line up to kiss an Orthodox cross after a Christmas service at a military base in Minsk, Belarus, on Jan. 7. Most Orthodox Christians celebrate the holiday according to the Julian calendar, which places the holiday two weeks after most western Christian churches that follow the Gregorian calendar. Vasily Fedosenko/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.