Budapest Zoo's newborn giraffe calf rests on hay while mother Santana walks by in Budapest, Hungary, on March 5. The gender of the baby, born on Wednesday, is still not known. The zoo plans to show the calf to the public next week. Bela Szandelsky/AP
A soldier with the Army National Guard attached with the US Marine Corps rests in his Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicle before going for a route clearance mission at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on March 5. Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters
Radioshack's Lance Armstrong of the US leads the pack during the third stage of the Vuelta a Murcia cycling tour between Las Torres de Costillas and Alhama de Murica in Murcia, Spain, on Friday. Daniel Ochoa/AP
A southern two-toed sloth is seen with her baby on her stomach at the SIngapore Zoo on Friday. Wong Maye-E/AP
Outside the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, an Indonesian student throws his shoes toward an image of US President Barack Obama during a protest against Obama's planned visit to the country. Dadang Tri/Reuters
Anti-riot police clash with a student protester during a rally in Makassar, Indonesia, against the rescue of Bank Century. Indonesia’s parliament on Wednesday voted for a criminal investigation of the finance minister and vice president over their decision to rescue a small bank. Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters
First Lady Michelle Obama kicks a soccer balll as she attends a free soccer clinic organized by the US Soccer Foundation in Washington on March 5. The event is part of Obama's new Let's Move campaign to promote an active lifestyle to children. Yuri Gripas/Reuters
A soldier stands on a poppy field during an eradication supervised by the Mexican Army on the outskirts of Morelia, Mexico, on March 4. Carlos Jasso/AP
A demonstrator protests during an English Defense League (EDL) march in central London on March 5. The protest coincided with a visit to London by Dutch anti-Islamist leader Geert Wilders. Luke MacGregor/Reuters
Thai girls wear masks of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra at a gathering in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, on Friday. Thaksin's supporters plan to gather in the provinces on March 12 before merging in Bangkok on March 14 to ask the government to dissolve parliament and hold snap elections. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
A baby Szechuan Bharal is seen at the Kanazawa Zoological Gardens in Yokohama, Japan, on March 5. Ituso Inouye/AP
The ink-stained finger of an Iraqi woman is seen in Jordan after she cast her ballot at a polling station at a government school in Amman on Friday. Iraqis in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan started early voting ahead of the country's March 7 parliamentary election. Ali Jarekji/Reuters
People stand in line to buy rubber boots outside a store in St. Petersburg, Russia, on March 5. Local residents rushed to buy rubber boots because of heavy snow melting in the streets of the city. Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters
A Swedish Coast Guard tug assists the Estonia-registered Tallink freighter Regal Star after it became trapped in thick ice in the Baltic Sea on March 4. Swedish Coast Guard/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.