A black Amur leopard cub growls during a medical examination at the Serengeti Safari Park in the northern German village of Hodenhagen on Wednesday. Christian Charisius/Reuters
African elephant calf Tuluba reaches for leaves next to its mother, Numbi, in their enclosure in Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna. Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters
A child reacts to the camera while playing with strands of vermicelli, a specialty eaten during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, hung outside for drying at a factory on the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Wednesday. Krishnendu Halder/Reuters
Flood victims are seen at the remains of their home as they return, trying to rebuild their lives in Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district of Punjab Province on Wednesday. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
A US Marine from the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion plays with a kitten while resting in Tactical Control Point 4 in Taghaz village in Helmand, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. Erik de Castro/Reuters
An airplane drops water over a wildfire in Simat de Valdigna near Valencia, Spain, on Wednesday. Three forest fires that have devastated 2,500 hectares and forced the evacuation of around 1,000 residents are still active in the Valencia region for the third straight day as firefighters battled another forest fire in the Murcia region, according to authorities. Heino Kalis/Reuters
Wild horses run as they are gathered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Conger Mountains in Utah, on Tuesday. The BLM plans to round up approximately 480 wild horses for placement in the BLM's adoption program or long-term pastures. Jim Urquhart/Reuters
People heading back to their hometowns are stuck in a traffic jam in Karawang in Indonesia's West Java Province on Wednesday. Millions of Muslims are leaving the capital as part of an annual ritual to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and will fall on Sept. 10-11, with their relatives. Crack Palinggi/Reuters
A soldier stands on a military truck deployed to transport civilians affected by the partial public transportation strike in San Salvador on Wednesday. The strike is into its second day as the government deploy soldiers and police officers across the city to protect people from possible attacks by gangs. Luis Galdamez/Reuters
Actor Ben Affleck (l.), director of out-competition film "The Town," signs autographs during a red carpet event at the 67th Venice Film Festival on Wednesday. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
First lady Michelle Obama speaks to children and school officials as part of her "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity at Brock Elementary School in Slidell, Calif., on Wednesday. Cheryl Gerber/Reuters
A police sniper is seen on the roof of the Orangerie near Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany, before the award ceremony of the M100 media prize 2010 for Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard on Wednesday. The 75-year-old cartoonist Westergaard, whose drawings of Mohammed that offended Muslims worldwide first appeared in Danish paper Jyllands-Posten in 2005, was due to receive a prize on Wednesday evening at a conference on freedom of the press. Odd Andersen/Reuters
A worker cleans a picture on the monument built in memory of assassinated anti-Taliban Afghan rebel leader Ahmad Shah Masood to mark the ninth anniversary of his death, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. The former Northern Alliance general was assassinated by Al Qaeda agents two days before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and is revered by many Afghans. Andrew Biraj/Reuters
Government supporters hold placards of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a rally near the parliament in favor of constitutional amendments being voted on in Colombo on Wednesday. The proposed changes would allow President Rajapaksa to run for another term and replace a 10-member constitutional council, designed as a check on the president, with a five-member panel that has no veto power and only two opposition members. Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
President Obama shakes hands at the Cuyahoga Community College West Campus in Parma, Ohio, on Wednesday. Larry Downing/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.