Jessica Gonzalez plays with her father before her first day of kindergarten at Tremont Elementary School in Dixon, Calif., on Wednesday. Rick Roach/The Reporter/AP
An unnamed African elephant calf walks next to its mother, Numbi, in their enclosure at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna on Aug. 11. The elephant calf was born in the zoo on Aug. 6. Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters
A boy dives into the Dambovita River to cool off in Bucharest, Romania, on Wednesday. Temperatures climbed above 96 degrees F. in many cities and are expected to remain high over the next three days. AP
A man walks on the oil-covered shores of the Elephanta Island near Mumbai, India, on Wednesday. Shipping experts started pulling out about a dozen of the hundreds of cargo containers that had fallen overboard after two container ships collided in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Mumbai, an Indian government statement said. The Panamanian-registered MSC Chitra smashed into the MV-Khalijia-II near Jawahar Lal Nehru port on Saturday. The MSC Chitra ran aground and has been listing heavily since. Nearly 500 tons of its fuel and lubricants spilled into the sea before the leaks in its fuel tank were plugged late Monday. Rajanish Kakade/AP
In this image taken from video and made available by NASA, astronauts Douglas Wheelock (r.) and Tracy Caldwell Dyson work on the International Space Station (ISS) attempting urgent repairs to restore a crucial cooling system on the ISS on Wednesday. The ISS has been operating with only half its usual cooling capability ever since an ammonia pump failed. Science research is on hold and unnecessary equipment is off until the pump can be replaced. The cooling system is crucial for keeping electronics from overheating. NASA/AP
Fans wear hats as they watch the action during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament on Wednesday at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. Jeffrey Phelps/AP
Nicholas Robinson-Baker of Britain competes in the men's 1m springboard diving preliminaries at the European swimming championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Wednesday. Balint Meggyesi/Reuters
Plastic statuettes of 16th-century Protestant reformer Martin Luther, which are part of the art installation 'Martin Luther ≠ I'm standing here' by German artist Ottmar Hoerl, are pictured in the main square in Wittenberg, Germany, on Wednesday. The installation of 800 figurines, based on a statue of Martin Luther on the town square and intended to replace it while it is being renovated, will be open to the public on Aug. 14 and run until Sept. 12. Hoerl's creation has created some controversy, with some Protestant theologians saying the statuettes make a mockery of Luther's achievements. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Youths practice traditional Swiss Alpine wrestling in a ring covered with sawdust at a traditional 'Schwingkeller' gym in Sumiswald in the Swiss Emmental Valley on Aug. 10. Swiss Alpine wrestling, called 'Schwingen,' is the oldest sport in Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Alpine Wrestling Festival (Eidgenoessisches Schwing- und Aelplerfest) takes place in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, from Aug. 20 to 22. Michael Buholzer/Reuters
Clouds hover over the Shanti Stupa area where families fearing flash floods have taken refuge in camps set on higher ground in Leh, India, on Wednesday. In the Ladakh region of Indian-controlled Kashmir, where many were killed in Friday's flash floods, thousands of Army and paramilitary soldiers continued clearing roads and removing debris. Gurinder Osan/AP
A family wades through waters while fleeing their flooded village in Ghotki, Pakistan, on Aug. 11. The United Nations appealed on Wednesday for $459 million in aid for flood-hit Pakistan, warning of a second wave of death among survivors unless help arrived quickly. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters
Employees and customers are evacuated from a Wal-Mart in a dump truck and front end loader on Wednesday in Ames, Iowa, following flooding from the South Skunk River and Squaw Creek. Thunderstorms have hit Iowa for three consecutive nights, sending rivers and creeks rolling over their banks. Christopher Gannon/The Des Moines Register/AP
Workers drive a cart in the rain before a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament on Wednesday at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. Eric Gay/AP
Anthony Kim reaches for his ball as he plays barefoot in a driving rain on the 17th hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament on Wednesday at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. Jeffrey Phelps/AP
A Palestinian child plays with fireworks on the first day of Ramadan at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on Wednesday. During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, observant Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, and smoking from sunrise to sunset. Adel Hana/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.