Lu Xiaojun of China competes in the men's weightlifting competition at the World Weightlifting Championships in Antalya, Turkey, on Thursday. Osman Orsal/Reuters
A 3-week-old Florida panther kitten in the Picayune Strand State Forest is seen here in this July 2009 photo. Fifteen years ago, Florida imported some wild panthers from Texas as fresh blood for the dwindling Florida cats. Now scientists have created an astonishingly in-depth family tree of today's Florida panthers, boosting the population. Science/AP/FILE
A protester demonstrates against Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad outside the UN headquarters at the 65th United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday. Eric Thayer/Reuters
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses the 65th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on Thursday. Mike Segar/Reuters
Children sit on a Harley Davidson motorcycle during the opening of the motorcycle manufacturer's first showroom in Lebanon on Thursday. Jamal Saidi/Reuters
Kashmiris are seen through a barbed wire at a marketplace during curfew relaxation period in Srinagar, India, on Thursday. Kashmir has been rocked by deadly civil unrest since early June, with several people killed in protests and clashes with government forces. Altaf Qadri/AP
A woman walks past boats on the shore of the sea at the port of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Thursday. Ramon Espinosa/AP
A small boat passes through the windmills of the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Ramsgate in Kent, England, on Thursday when the farm officially opened, becoming the world's largest site of its type. Officials of energy company Vattenfall say the wind farm has 100 turbines and will produce enough energy a year to power the equivalent of more than 200,000 homes. The UK's onshore and offshore wind turbines now produce enough energy to power all the homes in Scotland. Gareth Fuller/AP
The leaves of a maple tree begin to turn to their fall colors in Moreland Hills, Ohio, on Thursday. Amy Sancetta/AP
Private-and public-sector workers attend a demonstration over pension reforms in Nantes, France, on Sept. 23. France faces a further round of serious rail and air traffic disruption from strikes as trade unions seek to mobilize millions of protesters against plans to raise the retirement age. The strikes come just two weeks after more than a million people took to the streets to protest over a pension reform deemed unjust by unions. The banner reads "For a retirement at 60, a different sharing of wealth." Stephane Mahe/Reuters
Water is pumped out of Jeff Dube's basement as he stands in his flooded garage with rising water surrounding his home in Owatonna, Minn. on Thursday. Dube said water levels in his basement had reached between four and five feet high and were rising with continual rainfall. Heavy rains overnight have caused flooding in numerous locations in southeastern Minnesota, including Owatonna where the Maple Creek spilled over its banks. David Joles/The Star Tribune/AP
A large sinkhole is seen along Lemond Rd., near Kim Lane in Owatonna, Minn. on Thursday. Heavy rains have caused flooding in numerous locations in southeastern Minnesota, including Owatonna, where the Maple Creek spilled over its banks. David Joles/The Star Tribune/AP
Daria Kondakova of Russia performs during the individual ribbon competition final at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Moscow on Thursday. Grigory Dukor/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.