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Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown is greeted by Senate employees as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
United Nations troops from Argentina keep the crowd back from a supply distribution center in Leogane, Haiti, on Thursday. Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance/AP
An Aymara indigenous man arrives by horse to a ceremony where shamans will recognize Bolivia's re-elected President Evo Morales as the nation's leader in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, on Thursday. Morales, himself an Aymara Indian, won the general elections in December with 64 percent of the votes. The official inauguration for his second term is on Jan. 22. Dad Galdieri/AP
Rainfall floods the ninth fairway on Thursday at La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, Calif. Rain delayed the second round of the Bob Hope Classic PGA golf tournament. The region has been pummeled by storms bringing heavy rain, resulting in flooding and landslides. Matt York/AP
Roguy Meye (l.) of Gabon kicks the ball as Kampamba Chintu (r.) of Zambia defends during their African Cup of Nations Group D soccer match at the Ombaka National Stadium in Benguela, Angola, on Thursday. Themba Hadebe/AP
On Thursday, tourists donate money to a relief fund created by a local hotel owner in Bangkok, Thailand, to help earthquake victims in Haiti. Sakchai Lalit/AP
An Iraqi demonstrator rips a poster of Iraqi lawmaker Dhafir al-Ani in Basra, Iraq, on Thursday. Al-Ani was banned from running the March 7 election because he had allegedly promoted the Baath Party, former leader Saddam Hussein's ruling party, which is now banned in Iraq. Nabil Al-Jurani/AP
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Ukrainian circus artist Vladislav Goncharov performs with his lions during a dress rehearsal of the International Circus Festival in Budapest, Hungary, on Thursday. The festival will run from Jan. 21-25. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
Martina Schild of Switzerland is airborne during her second training run in Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Women's Downhill World Cup Skiing event on Thursday. Stefan Rellandini/Reuters
A man works out in dense fog at the Lodhi Garden in New Delhi, India. Heavy fog delayed rail, road, and air traffic in the city on Thursday. Around 80 international and domestic flights were affected. Kevin Frayer/AP
Afghan children react as Cpl. Jesse Starko from Edmonton, Alberta, a member of the Canadian Army Reservists, walks past them during an operation in Kandahar, Afhganistan, on Thursday. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP
Policemen are covered with foam during a protest by Brussels firefighters at the Belgian city's Minister President's Office on Thursday. The firefighters are demanding clearer rules with regards to nominations and promotions. Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters
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Pakistanis line up to receive food during a distribution in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Thursday. Muhammed Muheisen/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.