A newborn camel and its mother are seen at the zoo in Zurich, Switzerland, on Thursday. Steffen Schmidt/Keystone/AP
Four charity runners dressed as knights chase a fifth runner dressed as Lady Guinevere as they pose for photographers near Tower Bridge in London on Thursday. The group will be competing, in costume, in the London Marathon on Sunday. Tom Hevezi/AP
A supporter of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party does a back flip during a protest outside the National Assembly building in Managua, Nicaragua, on Thursday. Hundreds of Sandinista supporters demonstrated outside the Nicaraguan parliament, demanding that lawmakers approve social laws. Jorge Cabrera/Reuters
LSU's Gloria Johnson competes on the vault during the 2010 NCAA Gymnastics Championships in Gainesville, Fla., on Thursday. Phil Sandlin/AP
First Lady Michelle Obama walks the family dog, Bo, during an event to welcome children of Executive Office employees at the White House's annual Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday. Evan Vucci/AP
Wilderness guide Stuart Wilde (r.) of New Mexico, leads a llama named K-2 as Michael Carlin leads Raja down Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, Calif., in honor of Earth Day. The two men brought the llamas into the city to inspire people to park their cars, go for a walk, and lessen traffic. Nick Ut/AP
A man lies on the grass on a sunny day at Lafayette Park near the White House on Thursday. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
Thai soldiers take up position following several small explosions in the business district of Bangkok on April 22. Sukree Sukplang/Reuters
Tibetan monks attend a mass prayer for earthquake victims in China's Qinghai Province on Thursday. The official death toll from the magnitude-6.9 quake that shook a remote, mountainous corner of Qinghai Province last Wednesday has reached 2,183, with 84 people still missing, Xinhua news agency said. Kevin Zhao/Reuters
Britain's Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg listens to members of the Infant, Mother, and Pre-School Group at the Community Church in Greenway, England, on Thursday. The Liberal Democrats have doubled their projected vote share in Labour-held marginal constituencies, but the swing comes mainly from voters who were previously not sure they would vote, a poll showed. Gareth Fuller/Reuters
A Kenyan artist paints antipirate graffiti on a wooden board in the Kibera slum in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Thursday. Noor Khamis/Reuters
A Bornean flat-headed frog, which has the rare characteristic of being an amphibian without lungs and instead breathes entirely through its skin, is one of the recent discoveries in Borneo. A lungless frog, a frog that flies, and a slug that shoots love darts, are among the 123 new species discovered in Borneo since 2007, the result of a three-nation project backed by the WWF to conserve one of the oldest rain forests in the world. David Bickford/World Wildlife Fund/AP
A dog stands in thick, wet volcanic ash that covers the front steps of the Onundarhorn dairy farm in Hvolsvollur, Iceland, on April 22. Carolyn Kaster/AP
Staff and volunteers from the Turtle Hospital watch a 200-pound male loggerhead turtle, Pal, make its way to deeper water off the Florida Keys on Thursday in Marathon, Fla. The turtle was released on Earth Day after being treated for more than a month for an impacted digestive system. Andy Newman/Florida Keys Bureau/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.