'Thalera' the koala climbs in his enclosure in the Duisburg Zoo, Germany, on Friday. Juergen Schwarz/AP
Onix, an explosive-sniffing dog, sits during a visit by Colombia's Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera to a military fort in La Macarena in Meta after a successful raid on a Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) camp that killed top rebel military chief Mono Jojoy on Friday. Colombian troops killed FARC's veteran military boss Mono Jojoy, also known as Jorge Suarez Briceno, in a raid on his jungle camp in the Macarena region, striking a major blow against Latin America's oldest insurgency, the government said on Thursday. John Vizcaino/Reuters
Bees on their hive on the rooftop of the Tour d'Argent restaurant overlooking the River Seine in Paris on Friday. For the past several months, the restaurant has installed a group of bee hives on its roof. The honey goes straight into the cuisine of the internationally renowned restaurant below and retails expensively in its shop. Jacky Naegelen/Reuters
A truck transporting garbage burns in Terzigno, near Naples, Italy, early on Friday during a protest against the opening of a new dump site. Salvatore Laporta/AP
A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dressed as the devil attends the closing campaign rally of United Socialist Party of Venezuela in Caracas on Friday. Jorge Silva/Reuters
A memorial with boots, a rifle, and a helmet sits at the base of Guthrie Bell Tower at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., in honor of 1st Lt. Eric David Yates, a 2008 graduate. Yates, of Rineyville, Ky., died Saturday from injuries received when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in the Zhari district in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, according to the US Army. Alex Slitz/Daily News/AP
Toys depicting troops of different nations are seen on a plan for the 'Peace Mission 2010' exercises at the Matybulak military range in southern Kazakhstan on Friday. The exercises are the largest in three years involving the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a six-nation group led by Moscow and Beijing. Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reacts as he speaks during a news conference in New York, on Friday. Bebeto Matthews/AP
Comedian Stephen Colbert, host of the Colbert Report, testifies on Capitol Hill, Washington, on Friday before the House Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law Subcommittee hearing on protecting America's harvest. Alex Brandon/AP
A baby hedgehog walks through grass looking for something to eat on a lawn in Frankfurt, central Germany, on Friday. Michael Probst/AP
Khagendra Thapa, the world's shortest man, stands with Miss Nepal beauty pageant winners during a news conference in Kathmandu on Friday. The Nepal Tourism Board has nominated Thapa and Miss Nepal beauty pageant winners as goodwill ambassadors to promote tourism in Nepal. Gopal Chitrakar/Reuters
Children make cakes during a cooking class at a youth recreation center in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, on Friday. The center conducts several weekend courses for children such as fencing, tae kwon do, dancing and cooking, and has more than 50 students enrolled, local media reported. Sheng Li/Reuters
Sauber Formula One driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan is pushed back into the pits during the second practice session of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix at the Marina Bay circuit on Friday. Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters
Spanish soldiers parade during the celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of the first session of Cadiz's bicameral parliament, known as 'Cortes de Cadiz' in San Fernando, Spain, on Friday. Miguel Gomez/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.