A villager climbs to collect coconuts as fog envelopes outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, on Feb. 12. Biswaranjan Rout/AP
Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer makes his qualification jump during the ski jumping normal hill qualification at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia on Friday. Matthias Schrader/AP
Zack (l.) and Heather Helmer show off Harvey the Bloodhound's ears at the Pennsylvania Hotel on Friday in New York City. Harvey is in contention for the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest dog ears. The 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will take place on Feb. 15 and 16 at Madison Square Garden. Mary Altaffer/AP
Olympic rings are illuminated on a barge in Stanley Park ahead of the opening ceremonies for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Chris Helgren/AP
Ornaments are displayed ahead of Valentine's Day at a shop in Beirut, Lebanon, on Feb. 12. Cynthia Karam/Reuters
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggger (l.) passes the Olympic Flame to Seb Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Olympic Organizing Committee and Olympic gold medalist during the Olympic Torch relay in Vancouver, British Columbia. Opening ceremonies take place on Friday evening, bringing the torch relay to a close. Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press/AP
AC Milan's David Beckham rests prior to the start of their Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Udinese at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, on Feb. 12. Antonio Calanni/AP
Protesters dressed as characters from the movie 'Avatar' to draw attention to their campaign against their controversial Israeli barrier during a protest by Palestinians, Israelis, and foreign activists in the West Bank village of Nilin near Ramallah, on Feb. 12. Darren Whiteside/Reuters
Lindsey Vonn of the United States is seen after the Women's Downhill first training session was canceled due to bad weather conditions, heavy snow, and fog in Whistler, British Columbia ahead of the start of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Luca Bruno/AP
People walk outside Rome's Colosseum during a snow storm. A rare snow fell in Rome on Friday. The last time the city saw snow was in 2005 and the last significant accumulation was in 1986, when eight inches fell. Angelo Carconi/AP
The American trimaran BMW Oracle sails to port after defeating Swiss defender Alinghi on the first race of the 33rd America's Cup off of Valencia, Spain, on Friday. Victor R. Caivano/AP
Mounted police officers ride past protesters who had blocked the Olympic Torch relay route in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Olympic Flame was rerouted twice by police after protesters blocked roads. Chris Helgren/Reuters
An earthquake survivor prays as he holds a rosary at a destroyed cathedral to commemorate the January 12 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The earthquake left 212,000 people dead, according to government reports, with 1 million survivors now living in streets in 492 makeshift shelter camps. Ivn Alvarado/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.