A zookeeper holds the beak of a Caribbean flamingo at Chester Zoo in northern England on March 29. The zoo's 87 flamingos are being measured, weighed, and microchipped for the first time in a decade as part of a check-up. Phil Noble/Reuters
At a port in Tianjin, China, workers remove the cloth covering iron ore from Australia as they prepare to transport it on Monday. Vincent Du/Reuters
Indigenous Zoque men carry baskets containing flowers and candles as offerings inside the cave of Villa Luz during a ritual called 'The Fishing of the Blind Sardine,' in Tapijualpa, Mexico, on March 28. The ceremony is held as part of Holy Week and is traditionally where people asked deities for permission to fish inside the cave. Luis Lopez/Reuters
An arrested member of outlawed militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is presented to the media at the Police Crime Investigation Department in Karachi, Pakistan, on Monday. Police arrested three members of the Sunni militant group in Karachi and seized up to 132 pounds of explosives and detonators. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters
A Tamil Hindu devotee wears nail sandals during a religious procession during Panguni Uthiram festival in Bhopal, India, on March 29. The festival is an important Tamil celebration for the wedding of important deities in the Hindu religion. AP
A dog is seen through bars as it is herded into a metal container known as a 'dream box,' in an animal welfare center in Tokushima, Japan. Stray dogs are asphyxiated with carbon dioxide gas at the center. In Japan, a dog that ends up in a municipal pound is far more likely to be put down than to find a new home. While in other industrialized nations, the idea of 'saving' a pet from a shelter is well-established, in Japan animal welfare activists say strays often fall victim to an attitude that prizes puppies and pedigrees as status symbols. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
Ultraorthodox Jewish men crowd around a spring as they collect water to make Matzoh, a traditional handmade Passover unleavened bread, near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beit Horon, on March 28. Passover began at sundown on Monday. Oded Balilty/AP
Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino (l.) and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino sample food at the newly renovated concession area behind home plate at Fenway Park in Boston on Monday. Opening night in baseball was on Sunday, with Fenway Park debuting new renovations for internal circulation, ingress and egress, expanding concessions and bathroom facilities, and insuring the long-term structural viability of the ballpark. Elise Amendola/AP
A Michigan State Police officer guards a roadblock on Tomer Street after an FBI raid of a suspected militia leader's home in Clayton, Mich., on March 28. The FBI said Sunday that agents conducted weekend raids in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio, and arrested at least three people. Madalyn Ruggiero/AP
Commuters look at flowers placed on the ground at Lubyanka station in Moscow's subway system on March 29. Two stations, Lubyanka and Park Kultury, were hit with explosions by two female suicide bombers during rush-hour on Monday, killing at least 37 people, emergency officials and news agencies said. Ann Shevelyova/AP
President Barack Obama speaks to troops at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on March 28. Charles Dharapak/AP
An NYPD counterterrorism officer watches commuters entering the subway at New York's Grand Central Terminal on March 29. New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority increased security as a precaution on Monday in the wake of the suicide bombings in Moscow's Metro earlier in the morning. Kathy Willens/AP
Children line up for free meals sponsored by local government agencies in Cavite City, Philippines, on March 29. More than 300 children will benefit from the campaign, which will see foods such as rice, macaroni soup, fried eggs, and oatmeal distributed every Monday for one month. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
Survivors working for the local government remove debris from the streets in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on March 29. Haitian President Rene Preval and the country's foreign partners have stressed that the rebuilding should seek not just to put back what was lost in the January earthquake – the destroyed buildings, schools, and hospitals – but lift Haiti out of a cycle of instability and underdevelopment. St-Felix Evens/Reuters
A model presents a creation by designer Nida Mahmood at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India, on March 29. Mustafa Quraishi/AP
French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks at the World Leaders Forum in New York on March 29. Seth Wenig/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.