An employee poses inside Antony Gormley's sculpture, 'Breathing Room III,' which is made from 15 interconnecting photo-luminescent frames, at the White Cube Gallery in London on Thursday. Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
Penguins wearing the South Korean national soccer team uniform play with a miniature soccer ball in hope of the South Korean team's success in the upcoming FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The event took place at Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea, on Thursday. Shin Young-gun/Yonhap/AP
Ian Wendt of Moscow, Idaho (c.), yawns at the start of competition at the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington on Thursday. Jacquelyn Martin/AP
A Palestinian child carries a Palestinian flag during a sit-in in support of the aid ships in front of the Red Cross offices on Hamra Street in Beirut, Lebanon, on Thursday. Israel has rejected calls from the United Nations and others for an international investigation of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Bilal Hussein/AP
A dog sits near the remains of a house after a fire in Comuna 13 in Medellin, Colombia, on Thursday. At least 70 houses were affected during the fire but no people were reported injured, authorities said. Fredy Amariles/REUTERS
An exercise rider jogs a race horse around the main track at Belmont Park on Thursday in Elmont, N.Y. The 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes will be on Saturday. Julie Jacobson/AP
Police officers load sandbags to fix a broken dike near the town of Szendro, northeastern Hungary, on Thursday. Parts of northeast Hungary remains on high alert, with several rivers still expected to rise to record levels, while two people have died due to flooding in neighboring Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Bela Szandelszky/AP
Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga (r.) hands the lineup card to umpire Jim Joyce before the Detroit Tigers-Cleveland Indians MLB game in Detroit, Mich., on Thursday. Galarraga lost his bid for a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning on a disputed call at first base by Joyce on Tuesday night. Paul Sancya/AP
A girl fills up a container with drinking water from a water tanker provided by the state-run Delhi Jal Board, in the Okhla industrial area in New Delhi, India, on Thursday. Residents in the area said that they have been depending on water tankers for water for more than a decade due to low pressure from water pipelines provided by the state government. Adnan Abidi/Reuters
Tamara, a lioness, looks at visitors as she lies next to her two-day old cub in their enclosure at the zoo in Amman, Jordan, on Thursday. Ali Jarekji /Reuters
The Tungurahua volcano spews ash and rocks during an eruption in Banos, Ecuador, on Thursday. Tungurahua has been classed as active since 1999 and had a strong eruption in 2008. It is one of eight active volcanoes in the country. Carlos Campa–a/Reuters
Workers carry construction material as dry, hot winds blow dust at a construction site near the airport in New Delhi, India, on Thursday. Temperatures have soared above 104 degrees F. in northern India in recent weeks as parts of the country are enduring a heat wave that has left a number of people dead. Gurinder Osan/AP
A saw mounted on a remotely operated undersea vehicle cuts through the riser pipe at the site of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in this image taken from a BP live video feed. BP's underwater robots successfully sheared off a pipe at the seabed site early on Thursday, and will attempt to install a cap and funnel oil to the surface, the top US official overseeing the cleanup said. Officials said that the next step will be to put the containment cap over what's left of the riser pipe and to attempt to start flaring off gas later in the day. BP/Reuters
A young Muslim girl in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,wears a Palestinian scarf as she performs a special prayer in support of Palestinians to protest against the Israeli storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on Thursday. Samsul Said/Reuters
A woman looks at flowers laid in tribute to those murdered in Whitehaven, Cumbria, England, on Thursday. A taxi driver drove his vehicle on a shooting spree across northwest England on Wednesday, methodically killing 12 people and wounding 25 others before turning the gun on himself. Chris Clark/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.