Teacher Stacy Balbach smiles through a pie-covered face at Cuba City High School in Cuba City, Wisc., on Feb. 25. Students at a pep rally threw pies to raise money for the relief effort in Haiti. Over $700 was raised. Jeremy Portje/Telegraph Herald/AP
Children in Siliguri, India celebrate Holi, also known as the festival of colors, on Feb. 26 in school. Holi heralds the beginning of spring and is officially celebrated all over India on March 1. Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
A toad ventures on to a practice field as members of the St. Louis Cardinals work out near by during spring training baseball in Jupiter, Fla., on Friday. Jeff Roberson/AP
Carli Lloyd (l.) of the US fights with Solveig Gulbrandsen of Norway during their Algarve Women's Soccer Cup match in Olhao, Portugal, on Feb. 26. Jose Manuel Riberio/Reuters
Local officials inspect a dry pond in China's Yunnan province on Feb. 25. The worst drought in 60 years continues in the province, Xinhua said. Chen Haining/Xinhua/AP
An Iraqi Army officer looks at a map of an area of Maysan province, Iraq, during an emergency response planning meeting between Iraqi Security Forces, Iraqi Police, and US forces for the upcoming March 7 elections. Matt Ford/AP
At a police station in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday a man searches for his shoes among recovered pairs stolen by a 59-year-old man whom police arrested. The man, identified as Mr. Park, has stolen about 1,200 pairs of shoes at large hospitals, funeral halls, and stored them in a warehouse to sell on the street, local media reported. Lim Sang-Gyu/Reuters
Ice collects on Italian skier Markus Windisch's head as he competes in the men's 4x7.5 kilometer biathlon relay on Friday at the Vancouver 2010 Olmpics in Whistler, British Columbia. Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters
Kansas City Royals first baseman Bill Butler takes part in a base running drill at spring training baseball practice in Surprise, Ariz., on Friday. Charlie Nibergall/AP
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West (13) goes up for a layup against Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett in the fourth quarter of their game, which Cleveland won, in Boston, Mass., on Thursday. Winslow Townson/Reuters
Firefighters work to contain a massive fire in Hampton Beach, NH on Feb. 26. An entire Hampton Beach block, including at least six businesses, was destroyed as strong winds fueled a fire originating at the Surf Motel. Geoff Cunningham/Foster's Daily Democrat/AP
The US men's hockey team scores its third goal against Finland during the first period of their men's ice hockey playoff semifinals game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics on Feb. 26. The US defeated Finland 6-1 and moves on to the gold medal game on Sunday. Hans Deryk/Reuters
Dog handler Christina Oberhauser and her rescue dog Smiley search for survivors in a snow hole during a simulated avalanche rescue operation in Salzburg, Austria, on Friday. During the simulation, rescue dogs learn how to find victims of avalanches as quickly as possible. Kerstin Joensson/AP
Jim Atchison, President and CEO of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, speaks during a news conference at the orca whale underwater viewing area of SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., on Friday. SeaWorld has said it will start its killer whale shows again this weekend after Tilikum, the largest orca in captivity, drowned a trainer at the Orlando park earlier this week. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP
A French farmer prepares his cow on the eve of the 47th Paris International Farm Show on Friday. The show will run from Feb. 27 to March 7 in Paris. Benoit Tessier/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.