An Angolan boy plays football on the beach in Benguela on Jan. 29 during the African Nations Cup football tournament taking place in the country. Khaled Desouki/AFP/Newscom
Newly raised recruits from the first women's battalion of Indo- Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) adjust their caps before a group photo after their passing out parade in an ITBP training center at Bhanu, India on Jan. 29. A total of 209 recruits took part in an oath-taking ceremony and were formally inducted in the force after they successfully completed their 44 weeks of training. Ajay Verma/Reuters
Kylie Rose Henderson (l.) and George Dalton catch snowflakes on their tongues on Broad Street in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Friday. Angela Lewis/Times Free Press/AP
A model presents a creation by Pepa Castro during the International Flamenco Fashion Show in Seville, Spain on Friday. The show will run until January 31. Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
A shop worker at an Edinburgh electrical store watches as Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair gives evidence to the Iraq Inquiry being held in London on Friday. David Moir/Reuters
Members of the French mechanical marionette street theater company Royal De Luxe lift a 5 meter tall giant marionette as she is given a shower in Santiago, Chile on Friday, as part of an ongoing month-long international theater festival happening in the city. Jorge Sanche/AP
Skiiers' tracks crisscross the slopes at Soldier Mountain Ski Area near Fairfield, Idaho on Jan. 28. Skiers who showed up for opening day said they would’ve liked to see more snow on the mountain, though most said they were just happy to be on the slopes. The resort had remained closed since a March 2009 fire razed its lodge. Meagan Thompson/The Times-News/AP
Ornaments for the Spring Festival are seen at a market in Shanggao County, in eastern China's Jiangxi Province, on Friday. The Spring Festival, also known as Chinese Lunar New Year falls on Feb. 14 this year. Zhou Ke/Xinhua/Newscom
A looter leaves a damaged building through a hole in a wall in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Friday. Aid groups and troops from around the world have struggled to distribute food, water and medical care to an estimated 3 million Haitians injured or left homeless in the wake of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that wrecked much of Haiti's capital on January 12. Carlos Barria/Reuters
A Palestinian protester runs away from tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a protest in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Friday. Israeli forces used tear gas to disperse the violent protest over a land dispute with Jewish settlers in the area. Ammar Awad/Reuters
Construction workers work on the roof of a nearly-finished Guangzhou, China railway station. Asia's biggest railway station will open on Jan. 30, the first day of Chinese Spring Festival transport rush of 2010. Chen Yehua/Xinhua/Newscom
A US soldier gives first aid to an injured resident in downtown Port-au-Prince Haiti on Friday. Carlos Barria/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.