A bee collects pollen from a flower in a park in Amman, Jordan, on Feb. 1. Ali Jarekji/Reuters
Shiite pilgrims walk on their way to Karbala, Iraq, on Monday to gather for Arbaeen, which marks the end of the forty-day mourning period after the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the prophet Muhammad's grandson. A female suicide bomber walking among Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad detonated an explosives belt on Monday, killing scores and wounding more than 100, officials said. The bombing was the first major strike this year against pilgrims making their way to Karbala to mark the Shiite holy day. It came as security officials warned of a possible increase in attacks by insurgents using new tactics to bypass bomb-detection methods. Hadi Mizban/AP
President Barack Obama, followed by members of his economic team, walks away after delivering remarks about his proposed 2011 US Government Budget in the Cross Hall of the White House on Monday. Jason Reed/Reuters
Lebanese flags are set out along the beach in Khaldeh, Lebanon on Feb. 1 near the area where the Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed into the Mediterranean sea last week. Jamal Saidi/Reuters
Men dressed in sheepskin costumes pause during a carnival celebration in Spain where they march to the village of Ituren. The march is a traditional ritual that some believe purifies the harvest land from evil spirits and welcomes the coming spring. Alvaro Barrientos/AP
Snowmen are set up as part of a climate change awareness exhibition near the Berlin Cathedral in Berlin, Germany, on Feb. 1. Environmental activists called on Berliners to build their own snowman in a bid to form a 'Snowman Demonstration' in the capital to raise awareness for climate change. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Recruits of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) attend a training at a military base in Changzhi, China, on Monday. Reuters
A farmer works in a potato field on the outskirts of Jammu, India. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Monday that rising prosperity will increasingly put pressure on food supply in India and the nation urgently needs to boost its farm productivity. Mukesh Gupta/Reuters
A man leaves after a memorial service at a mass grave in Titanyn, Haiti, on Monday. Carlos Barria/Reuters
A Pakistani man and girl ride through Islamabad, Pakistan, on Monday. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
A man demonstrates in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday in favor of a law that would force cinemas to show 50 percent of foreign films in the local Catalan language. Most movie theaters in Spain's Catalonia region stayed shut on Monday in protest of the law, an industry group said. The vast majority of movies in Catalonia are shown dubbed into Spanish, while Catalan-dubbed films represent just 3 percent of the market, said Pilar Sierra, secretary general of the Catalan Cinema Company Guild. Manu Fernandez/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.