Soldiers fire a 155mm Howitzer at night from Forward Operating Base Ramrod in Kandahar on April 13. Tim Wimborne/Reuters
A peacekeeper from the United Nations African Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) patorls at Zam Zam camp in Darfur, Sudan, on Tuesday. Sudan's elections were extended for an extra two days past Sunday's vote, after many voters experienced delays. The peacekeeping mission in Darfur has also said that four soldiers have been missing for the past 24 hours in South Darfur. Nasser Nasser/AP
New York Yankees players welcome and embrace Hideki Matsui of the Los Angeles Angels. Matsui, a former Yankee, received his 2009 World Series ring with the rest of the team before the Yankees faced the Angels in their New York home opener on Tuesday. Peter Morgan/AP
An 'red shirt' protester dances on the street while holding a water pistol as they celebrate the Songkran festival that marks the Thai New Year near the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on April 13. Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva came under mounting pressure on Tuesday to resolve a stand-off with anti-government protesters after the Election Commission recommended his party be dissolved. Vivek Prakash/Reuters
An Indian policeman detains female protesters from the Jammu Kashmir Mass Movement during a general strike called by separatist groups in Srinagar, India, on Tuesday. Mukhtar Khan/AP
A boy sits amid stones thrown by protesters to block a road during demonstrations in Haripur, Pakistan, on Tuesday. Protests against the government's move to rename a province in Hazara continued for the second day, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters
A ferry boat makes its way through dense fog in Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Lui Siu Wai/Xinhua/AP
A man works inside a container converted for use as an office near the construction site of a high-end residential project in Fuzhou, China, on Monday. Thirteen shipping containers are being used as housing and work space for the site's migrant workers and their families. AP
A woman holds a picture of late Polish President Lech Kaczynski during a march to commemorate the victims of Saturday's plane crash near Smolensk, Russia. Cezary Aszkielewicz/Agencja Gazeta/Reuters
A miner's boots, helmet, and gloves appear at a memorial in Whitesville, W. Va., on Tuesday for the miners who died in an explosion at Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W. Va., a week ago. Recovery teams working before dawn Tuesday finished the grim task of recovering the last of 29 West Virginia miners killed in the nation's worst coal mining disaster in decades. Amy Sancetta/AP
Della Davidson Elementary School students watch a rocket fly after it was launched by another student at the school in Oxford, Miss., on Tuesday. Fourth graders launched rockets and measured trajectory as part of a classroom assignment. Bruce Newman/Oxford Eagle/AP
Tea party supporters attend a rally at the Capitol in Albany, NY on Tuesday. Mike Groll/AP
The Space Shuttle Atlantis is rolled out of the Orbiter Processing Facility on Tuesday for its short trip to the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis is scheduled to lift off on May 14 for a mission to the International Space Station. Michael R. Brown/Florida Today/AP
James Vanasek, former Chief Risk Officer of Washington Mutual Bank, sits in a nearly empty hearing room on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday prior to testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations hearing on Wall Street and the financial crisis. Cliff Owen/AP
A Palestinian student reads from a book in Al-Ala'iya school for visually impaired children in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Monday. The school, founded in 1938, is financed mostly by donations from Arab countries and the European Union. Maya Hitij/AP
An internally displaced boy recited from the Koran at a school in Zam Zam camp in Darfur, Sudan, on Tuesday. Zohra Bensemra/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.