Designer Alexander van de Rostyne kisses his new and first 4-channel indoor toy helicopter from Silverlit during a press preview for the 61th International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany, on Wednesday. More than 2,700 exhibitors from over 60 countries worldwide will present their new toy products from Feb. 4-9. Michaela Rehle/Reuters
At Ramirez Beach in Montevideo, Uruguay, believers of the Afro-American goddess Iemanja pay tribute during Goddess Day on Tuesday. Perfumes, imitation jewelry, fruits, and sweets are thrown into the sea amid prayers for money, work, and love. Andres Stapff/Reuters
A vendor sells decorations for the Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing on Wednesday. Red decorations are customarily used by the Chinese to welcome the New Year, which is on Feb. 14. This year will be the year of the tiger. Jason Lee/Reuters
A baby gibbon sits on a swing in its enclosure at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo on Feb. 3. Norbert Potensky/Vienna Zoo/Reuters
Presidential candidate and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (l.) meets with supporters in Ternopil, Ukraine, on Tuesday. Tymoshenko and candidate Victor Yanukovich will face each other in a runoff vote for the office on Feb. 7. Alexander Prokopenko/Reuters
Carnival characters are seen during preparations for a parade in Nice, France, on Wednesday. The 126th Nice Carnival runs from Feb. 12-28 and will celebrate the theme 'King of the Blue Planet.' Eric Gaillard/Reuters
Giant Panda Tai Shan eats bamboo at the National Zoo in Washington. Wednesday was Tai Shan's last public viewing. The four-year-old panda, on loan from China, will be sent to Chengdu, China on Thursday to become part of a breeding program there. Jose Luis Magana/Reuters
Military guardsmen from Norway rehearse for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday. More than 1,500 performers from Australia, the UK, Russia, China, the US, Norway, and Switzerland participated in the dress rehearsal in the Sydney Football Stadium. Opening night is Thursday. Rob Griffith/AP
At the Imam Hussein shrine in Karbala, Iraq, Shiite Muslims attend the festival of Arbaeen, one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar. A bomb planted on a parked motorcycle exploded on the outskirts of Karbala amid tight security for the huge religious procession. Hadi Mizban/AP
Beluga whales perform at the Harbin Polarland in Heilongjiang province, China, on Tuesday. The belugas were trained for one year to learn the skill of creating ring-shaped bubbles in the water. Reuters
Riot police block the gate during a strike by medical staff at University Hospital Mustapha Bacha in Algiers on Wednesday. The medical staff staged the protest to demand better terms of employment. Police, acting on the basis of a law banning protest marches in Algeria, prevented the crowd from leaving the grounds of the hospital. Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
This image provided by NASA shows man-made archipelagos near Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Palm Island (l.) was started in 2001 and required more than 1.7 billion cubic feet of dredged sand to create the land above the Persian Gulf sea level. The creation of the 200 World Islands (r.) was started in 2003 and used 11 billion cubic feet of sand and 37 million tons of rock for the protective breakwater. NASA/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.