Policemen practice laughter therapy near their camp in Allahabad, India, on Wednesday. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
A Chinese man pretends to kick a giant soccer ball in Beijing on Wednesday. Football fever is rising in the Chinese capital ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, which starts on June 11. Ng Han Guan/AP
Truck drivers watch as dozens of vehicles carrying supplies to foreign forces in Afghanistan burn in a field in Sangjani, located on the outskirts of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, on Wednesday. Suspected militants attacked and set fire to a convoy of about 50 tankers and containers carrying supplies for NATO forces, killing at least six, local media reported police saying. Adrees Latif/Reuters
A man carries hay in a field outside the village of Nakhonay in Panjwai district, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. Denis Sinyakov/Reuters
Palestinians Shada al-Qarawi (r.) and his wife Olfat sit outside their tent in the northern Gaza Strip late Tuesday. The tent was erected after their house was destroyed during Israel's three-week offensive in Gaza last year. Mohammed Salem/Reuters
A sculptor paints a wax figure of Portugal's soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo at Madame Tussauds wax museum in London on Wednesday. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
Workers remove oil Wednesday that continues to wash ashore from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Grand isle, La. Eric Gay/AP
On Wednesday, a Mexican fan wearing a mask, poses with a replica of the World Cup trophy on the streets of Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 2010 World Cup kicks off on June 11 at Soccer City stadium with the match between South Africa and Mexico. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
A boy plays in front of a football-shaped sphere during a World Cup promotional event outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Wednesday, two days before the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa. Bobby Yip/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.