President Obama addresses the 1,200 graduates of Hampton University, a historically black university, at the school's Armstrong Stadium in Hampton, Va., Sunday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Chef Ramzi Choueiry holds the final bucket of fried falafel to add to the dish in Ain Saadeh, northeast of Beirut, Sunday, during an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for producing the biggest plate of falafel in the world. The falafel dish, weighing 11,400 pounds, was prepared with approximately 844,000 falafels. Jumana ElHeloueh/Reuters
Black waves of oil and brown whitecaps are seen at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill containment efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, Sunday. Gerald Herbert/AP
Tiger Woods tees up his ball on the second hole during final round play of the Tournament Players Championship PGA golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on Sunday. Woods's woes continued on Sunday when a painful neck forced him to withdraw from the Players Championship after six holes of his final round. Hans Deryk/Reuters
Fireworks explode above the Yenisei River during Victory Day celebrations in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Sunday. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
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Supporters of Estudiantes LP light flares before the Argentine First Division Championship soccer match against Rosario Central in Buenos Aires, Sunday. Enrique Marcarian/Reuters
A masked member of international group World Without Wars and Without Violence stands outside the Greek Parliament on Sunday. The group staged a silent protest against both the economic austerity measures and the three victims of violence who died Wednesday, after rioters set fire to a bank. Petros Karadjias/AP
Israeli soldiers (l.) stand guard as Palestinians protest against the construction of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank town of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, Sunday. Israel says the barrier is necessary for security while Palestinians call it a land grab. Nasser Shiyoukhi/AP
Heavily armed special forces officers ride atop an APC during the Victory Day parade, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany, in the Chechnya's capital Grozny, southern Russia, Saturday, with Chechen flags atop. Victory Day is modern Russia's most important secular holiday, which always sees elaborate observances throughout the country. Musa Sadulayev/AP
In this image from video made Saturday, a renewed column of ash rises from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano. The plume of volcanic ash snaked its way through southern France, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany on Sunday, shutting down airports and again disrupting flights across Europe. Transatlantic connections were also being diverted around a larger patch of ash cloud stretching from southern Greenland to the coast of Portugal, adding several hours to flights between Europe and North America and causing congestion as airlines tried to squeeze their planes through remaining routes. APTN/AP
Supporters of a religious group Jamaat-e-Islami burn the effigy of President Obama and a US flag during a rally against alleged US interference in Pakistani affairs, Sunday, in Karachi, Pakistan. Suspected US missiles killed 10 people in a militant-controlled region close to the Afghan border Sunday, the first such strike since an alleged Pakistani-trained extremist was accused of a failed Times Square attack. Fareed Khan/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.