The ocean liner Queen Victoria makes its way beneath the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif., on Jan. 27. The Queen Victoria, Cunard's newest luxury liner and the company's second largest, is making her Maiden Call to San Francisco during her current world voyage. The 99-day westbound circumnavigation will continue to Hawaii and then on to 41 other ports. Eric Risberg/AP
Jordanian women from the Civil Defense Department take part in a routine first aid intervention in Zarqa City, Jordan, on Wednesday. The Jordanian civil defense started working to integrate the women into the official crew. Eighty-one women have graduated in first aid from the Faculty of Civil Defense. Muhammad Hamed/Reuters
Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs displays Disney Pixar's animated film 'Up'on the iPad during the launch of Apple's new tablet in San Francisco, Calif., on Jan 27. Kimberly White/Reuters
Children wear tiger costumes and makeup during a performance to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year in Bozhou, China, on Tuesday. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the year of the tiger begins on Feb. 14. China Daily/Reuters
A model presents a creation from the Manuel Bolano collection at the 080 Barcelona Fashion Show in Spain on Wednesday. Albert Gea/Reuters
A newborn grey seal pup lies by his mother at the North Sea Oceanarium in Hirtshals, Denmark, on Wednesday. Laura is the first grey seal in captivity in Denmark to give birth. Henning Bagger/Reuters
Workers in Hungary walk in the underground tunnel during construction work in Budapest's fourth metro line on Wednesday. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
Barracks at the former Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland are seen in the early morning on Wednesday. January 27 marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Survivors from Auschwitz and the Holocaust, veterans, and international leaders participated in ceremonies to mark the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Soviet troops and to remember victims of the Holocaust. Peter Andrews/Reuters
Israeli President Shimon Peres addresses a commemoration ceremony at the lower house of parliament, Bundestag, to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Palestinian women holding pictures of relatives jailed in Israel, seen through a reflection, call for their release in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday. Majdi Mohammed/AP
Saudi soldiers walk near the Khoba frontline border with Yemen on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia declared victory over Yemeni Shiite rebels on Wednesday following a truce offer from the insurgents, who said they had withdrawn from all Saudi territory. Fahad Shadeed/Reuters
Peruvian soldiers help foreign tourists off the helicopter after they were evacuated from Machu Picchu Pueblo in Cuzco, Peru, on Wednesday. Heavy rains and mudslides in Peru have blocked the train route to the ancient Incan city, leaving nearly 2,000 tourists stranded. Martin Mejia/AP
A man fishes, braving freezing temperatures on the ice on the Khimki reservoir in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday. Weather experts said this month was the coldest in Moscow in 60 years. Mikhail Metzel/AP
Zookeepers hose down a hippopotamus at the zoo in Medellin, Colombia, on Wednesday. Luis Benavides/AP
Visitors enjoy footbaths at a hot spring as plum blossoms bloom in Atami, Japan, on Jan. 27. Itsuo Inouye/AP
The Alpine resort of Davos, the venue of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is seen on Wednesday in Switzerland. The annual meeting of the WEF takes place under heavy security from Jan. 27-31. Arnd Wiegmann/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.