Puppies are displayed for sale in a car trunk at a weekly pet market in downtown Amman, Jordan, on Friday. Nader Daoud/AP
Anne, a 31-year old French woman under an assumed name, has been fined for wearing a niqab while driving. Here, she speaks during a news conference in Nantes, western France on Friday. She told French media that police stopped her last month while she was driving in Nantes and handed her a 22-euro ($29.60) fine, saying her clothing posed a 'safety risk' to her driving. Stephane Mahe/Reuters
NE Pacific Transient killer whales are seen in Alaska. With the typical black and white color pattern and eye-patch similar to Antarctic Type-A killer whales, the NE Pacific Transient whales are genetically distinct. The Transients are known to feed on all types of marine mammals, including other whales, dolphins, and seals and sea lions. Killer whales, also known as orcas, include several distinct species, according to genetic evidence published on Thursday. Dave Elliffrit/NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center/Reuters
Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson (41) blocks a shot by a San Jose Sharks player in the third period of Game 5 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Thursday night in San Jose, Calif. The Sharks defeated the Avalanche 5-0. Paul Sakuma/AP
Leroy Houston of the Queensland Reds is tackled by South African Stormers' Francois Louw, bottom, during their Super 14 Rugby match in Brisbane, Australia, on Friday. Tertius Pickard/AP
A woman hangs a Turkish flag as an offering at a 15th century shrine in Gallipoli on Friday. Umit Bektas/Reuters
German actress Barbara Schoeneberger performs during the German Film Prize ceremony in Berlin on Friday. Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
The Northern Lights are seen above the ash plume of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano in the evening on Thursday. Lucas Jackson/Reuters
A model poses next to an IAT (International Application Technology) 'Zu' electric concept car, designed by IAT Automobile Technology, at the Beijing Auto Show in Beijing on Friday. China overtook the United States as the world's biggest auto market in terms of number of vehicles sold in 2009. Grace Liang/Reuters
A man walks out of the Royal Exchange in the City of London. The economic recovery lost ground in the first three months of this year as the harshest winter in three decades hit retailers and industry, official data showed Friday. Toby Melville/Reuters
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait for their food to arrive at the 12 Bones Smokehouse restaurant in Asheville, N.C., on Friday. The Obamas visited Asheville for the weekend. Jason Reed/Reuters
Two hoopoe birds are displayed for sale at a weekly pets market in downtown Amman, Jordan, on Friday. Hundreds of bird lovers and merchants gather every Friday to sell, buy, and trade all kinds of birds and pets. Nader Daoud/AP
Hungary's Anett Meszaros (bottom) and Slovenia's Rasa Sraka compete during the women's under 70kg (154 pounds) final of the European Judo Championships in Vienna on Friday. Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with the Air Force's Orbital Test Vehicle launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Thursday. The launch marked ULA's 40th successful mission in 40 months of operation since its inception in December 2006. The point of the project, started by NASA in the late 1990s and later adopted by the military, is to test a next-generation space shuttle – the world's only reusable operational spaceship – to try to trim time between flights and cut costs, said Gary Payton, Air Force deputy undersecretary for space programs. Pat Corkery/United Launch Alliance/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.