A young supporter in Cape Town, South Africa, blows on a 'vuvuzela,' Zulu for stadium trumpet, during a celebration marking a month till the beginning of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Schalk van Zuydam/AP
A young monk sits next to an orangutan as he and others visit a local zoo ahead of Buddha's upcoming birthday on May 21, in Goyang, west of Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday. Eight children are taking part in a children's program to experience "Days In Life Of Monks," for three weeks at Chogye Temple. Lee Jin-man/AP
A Palestinian walks in front of an inflatable balloon depicting Yasser Arafat during an agricultural festival in the West Bank town of Qalqilya on Tuesday. Nasser Ishtayeh/AP
A beach is coated with oil spilled when a ship carrying coal from Indonesia collided with a motorboat, adjoining the Rushikulya River in Ganjam district, in the eastern Indian state of Bhubaneshwar, on Tuesday. The area is the nesting site for millions of endangered Olive Ridley turtles. AP
Queen Elizabeth II reviews the Grenadier Guards at Buckingham Palace before presenting the regiment with their new colors in London on Tuesday. Anthony Devlin/Reuters
The main entrance of the Kandahar provincial police headquarters is reflected in the protective glasses of an Afghan policeman on Tuesday. Nikola Solic/Reuters
Devotees walk on their knees at Fatima's Sanctuary in Portugal, on Tuesday. Pope Benedict XVI arrived today for a four-day visit to Portugal, visiting Lisbon, Fatima, and Porto. Paulo Duarte/AP
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (l.) embraces a supporter during a rally in Kiev (Kyiv) on Tuesday. Several hundred members of the pro-Yanukovich Regions Party formed a barrier to the entrance to the parliament building while police kept back about 3,000 supporters of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from drawing near. Tensions were high after riots in parliament on April 27, in which smoke bombs were thrown and brawls broke out between Yanukovich and opposition deputies over ratification of an agreement to extend the Russian Navy's stay in Ukraine. Alexander Prokopenko/Reuters
Children walk through a field of rapeseed near Boroughbridge in northern England on Tuesday. Nigel Roddis/Reuters
Natalia, one of three rare Amur tiger cubs, inspects a special first birthday cake at the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig in the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday. David Moir/Reuters
The Development Driller III, which is drilling the relief well, is seen at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday. Gerald Herbert/AP
A passenger looks at a flight departure screen showing all flights canceled at the international airport in Seville, Spain, on Tuesday. Spanish authorities say Seville airport and six others are closed because of ash from the volcano in Iceland. The Spanish National Airport Authority says elsewhere in Spain restrictions continued for planes flying between 20,000 feet and 35,000 feet above Spanish ground, mainly affecting transatlantic flights to and from other European countries. Miguel Angel Morenatti/AP
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price blows a bubble in the dugout during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night in Anaheim, Calif. Denis Poroy/AP
A horse shows its teeth while standing in a pasture in Glottertal, Germany, on Tuesday. Winfried Rothermel/AP
A US Air Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter gunman provides security while leaving Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Nikola Solic/Reuters
An ultraorthodox Jewish boy rides a horse led by a Palestinian youth at Nebi Samuel in the West Bank on Tuesday. Oded Balilty/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.