A six-month-old female polar bear cub cools off in her pool at the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Thursday. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
Hundreds of people appear blurred as they dance the "Revoltosa dance" around a bandstand as musicians play in the main square of Tudela, Spain, on Thursday during a fiesta to honor Saint Ana. Alvaro Barrientos/AP
A female Amur leopard cub, also known as a Manchurian leopard, looks out of a bucket while it is weighed, in the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, on Thursday. Sebastian Willnow/AP
A Chinese soldier jumps through a fire obstacle during training at an army training field on Wednesday. Li Gang/Xinhua/AP
A cow looks on with a burning house seen in the background in the Russian city of Voronezh on Thursday. Russia's worst drought in decades is set to drag on for at least the next 7 days in some areas, but further serious damage to grain crops is not expected, a senior government weather forecaster said. Vladimir Lavrov/Reuters
A Pakistani villager with his daughter moves into safe place from a flood hit village near Nowshera, Pakistan, on Thursday. During monsoon rains, rivers burst their banks, washing away streets, battering a dam, and killing at least 60 people in the most severe floods in decades in the region. Mohammad Sajjad/AP
Catholic priest Giovanni Bizzotto, Jewish rabbi Jonathan Klein, and Muslim cleric Shakeel Syed(l. to r.) give a blessing over Los Angeles workers from 32 different unions who rallied at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles before boarding 11 buses bound for Arizona to protest the state's immigration law SB 1070, on Thursday. Adam Lau/AP
The M Star oil tanker is seen at sea near Fujairah port in the United Arab Emirates. A Japanese supertanker that reported suffering an "explosion" near the Strait of Hormuz oil shipping route may have hit a submarine or a mine, UAE port officials examining the ship said on Thursday. Mosab Omar/Reuters
Racers wait under the heavy rain for the start of their men's 5000m heat at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday. Miguel Vidal/Reuters
A child plays with a float at Chaoyang Sand Beach Theme Park on a hot day in Beijing on Thursday. Jason Lee/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.