US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (l.) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton look through binoculars toward North Korea during a visit to observation post Ouellette at the Demilitarized Zone on Wednesday in Panmunjon, South Korea. Mark Wilson/AP
United States Marine Sgt. Adam Wilson from Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Marines mans a Mark 19 heavy gun at a fire position near Musa Qaleh, in northern Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, on Wednesday. Kevin Frayer/AP
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British Prime Minister David Cameron (c.) eats a hotdog with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday during his first visit to the US since taking office. Bebeto Matthews/AP
Girls practice with air rifles during a weapons training course as part of an eight-day training program organized by the Bajrang Dal, a Hindu group, inside a school premises on the outskirts of Jammu, India, on Wednesday. One hundred and fifty girls participated in the program which aims to equip them with self defense skills. Mukesh Gupta/Reuters
Trinamool Congress supporters sit on a road as they attend a rally marking Martyr's Day, in Calcutta, India, on Wednesday. The day commemorates 13 Youth Congress workers who were killed by police in 1993. Bikas Das/AP
This image provided by the European Southern Observatory shows a new near-infrared image of the R136 cluster of stars. At birth, the three brightest stars each weighed more than 150 times the mass of the sun. The most massive star, known as R136a1 and located at the center of the image, has been found to have a current mass of 265 times that of the sun. It also has the highest luminosity, close to 10 million times greater than the sun. CJ Evans/P. Crowther/ESO/AP
The mascot dog of Target stores is led around the floor of the floor of the New York Stock Exchange prior to opening bell ceremonies, on Wednesday in New York. Target's mascot was there to mark the opening of the company's first store in Manhattan. Richard Drew/AP
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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.