A young monk in Bangkok, Thailand, plays with the pigeons at Sanam Luang on Thursday. Bangkok authorities have closed the parade grounds near the Royal Palace for renovations and plan to capture and relocate the park's piegons. Sakchai Lalit/AP
An Iraqi police dog handler watches a bomb-sniffing dog jump over an obstacle during a training session at the police college in Baghdad, Iraq, on Thursday. The American military is rushing the delivery of bomb detection dogs to Iraq, following a request by Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki's government for more canines after questions were raised about whether a bomb detection device at many Iraqi checkpoints works. Karim Kadim/AP
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (l.) attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday. Jason Reed/Reuters
Members of Greenpeace hold a banner reading 'Help! A binding treaty to save the climate now!' at the fountain of Tlaloc, the Aztec god of rain and water, in Mexico City on Feb. 4. Claudia Daut/Reuters
Members of Pakistan Professional Forum protest against the conviction of Aafia Siddiqui by a Manhattan jury for the attempted murder of US soldiers in Afghanistan. Faisal Mahmood/Reuters
Metal cut-outs of soldiers are set up in the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967. Israel's foreign minister warned Syria Thursday against drawing the Jewish state into another war, saying Syria's army would be defeated and its regime would collapse in a future conflict. Ariel Schalit/AP
Canadian Inuit dogs pull a sled using traditional harnesses on Thursday in Iqaluit, Canada. Rob Gillies/AP
An Afghan man waits for transport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. The lights in the background are from homes on a hillside. Altaf Qadri/AP
A union member of French oil giant Total (l.) demonstrates in Dunkirk, France, on Thursday. Total said Monday that it promised jobs for workers at its Flanders refinery, but said it hasn't made a decision on the future of the Dunkirk site, which has been inactive since September. Michel Spingler/AP
Two Emirati men (l.) watch Emirati designer Mona al-Mansouri's creations during a four-day fashion show for Lebanese and Arab designers. Hussein Malla/AP
A police vehicle picks up people at a flooded street in Mexico City on Thursday. Torrential rain from several different weather systems has created chaos and damages in several Mexican states, government services said. Daniel Aguilar/Reuters
Children eat during a visit of Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director, at the Notre Dame orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Thursday. Eliana Aponte/Reuters
Iraqi army soldiers examine a rocket they discovered during recent operations in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib suburb on Thursday. The rocket was likely buried by Saddam Hussein's army before the US invasion in 2003. Karim Kadim/AP
Keeper Nicole Meese feeds giant panda Tai Shan on a cargo plane at Dulles International Airport on Thursday. Tai Shan left Washington's National Zoo to join a breeding and conservation program in Chengdu, China. Susan Walsh/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.