Sand artist Jamie Wardley works on an image depicting a girl's face in the dry river bed on Irvine beach in Scotland, as part of a campaign to stop the building of a new coal-fired power station at Hunterston, Scotland, on Monday. Danny Lawson/AP
Israeli children play with cement after a cornerstone laying ceremony for a school in Naveh, a farming community built by relocated residents from Jewish settlements in Gaza Strip, in southern Israel on Monday. Settlers uprooted from Gaza are moving into the first independent community established for evacuees after living in temporary caravans since 2005. Tsafrir Abayov/AP
Shane Chapman carries his girlfriend, Megan Paskey, through 6 inches of water that covers parts of West Conant Street on Sunday in Portage, Wisc. A levee along the Wisconsin River failed Sunday, flooding the access road leading to a park area and cutting off any residents who did not heed daylong warnings to evacuate. Lyn Jerde/Portage Daily Register/AP
Rainwater drips from unripe coffee cherries on a plantation near Amatitlan, Guatemala, on Monday. Daniel LeClair/Reuters
Indian born, British based, artist Anish Kapoor poses for a photograph in front of his work 'C-Curve,' part of his 'Turning the World Upside Down' exhibition, in Hyde Park, central London on Monday. Four of Kapoor's large scale, highly reflective stainless steel giant curved mirror surfaces have been installed in Hyde Park and will be on show until March 2011. Andrew Winning/Reuters
A fisherman holds his line as the 'Nico Lopez' gasoline refinery burns bright at Havana's bay in Cuba on Monday. A measure to raise gas prices by about 10 percent took effect in Cuba, a move which could lead to grumbling among cash-strapped islanders, particularly private taxi drivers who are not allowed to raise their own prices. Javier Galeano/AP
A couple enjoys a walk during the first snow fall of the season in the winter ski resort of St. Moritz in Switzerland, on Monday. Christian Hartmann/Reuters
Eurocopter's X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter demonstrator is seen during a test flight at the Istres flight center. The X3 prototype, which combines forward-facing propeller engines astride two short aircraft wings with overhead rotor blades, was unveiled at the European company's factory in southern France following months of secrecy about the project. Eurocopter/Reuters
A vendor displays metal locks for sale at his roadside shop in New Delhi, India, on Monday. Parivartan Sharma/Reuters
A laborer works at the construction site of the National Theater of Performing Arts in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Monday. Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
The old water tower on the north side of St. Joseph, Mich., slowly topples to the ground Monday morning after workers cut away the bottoms of several of the columns. The tower, built in the 1960's, is being replaced with a new tower recently completed on the south side of town. John Madill/The Herald-Palladium/AP
A woman and her son watch Slovene army members from the SVNKON ISAF 14 at a farewell ceremony in the army barrack in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, on Monday. Ninety members of the Slovene army and 11 members of the Colorado National Guard from the US will start their duty at the end of October near Herat in Afghanistan. Srdjan Zivulovic/Retuers
An Afghan girl, looks for belongings nearly two months after heavy floods damaged her home near Nowshera, Pakistan, on Monday. The floods, Pakistan's worst natural disaster in terms of damage and the number of people affected, were triggered by monsoon rains in late July, displacing 10 million people. Fayaz Aziz/Reuters
A supporter of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, dressed as Cuban Revolutionary hero Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, rides a bike close to the Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Sunday. President Hugo Chavez held on to a congressional majority in elections Sunday, but his opponents made gains that could help them challenge his grip on power. Ariana Cubillos/AP
A disabled skiff awaits assistance from the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill after the skiff's motor failed in the Gulf of Aden. The Navy says it was providing humanitarian supplies to passengers aboard the broken-down boat off the coast of Somalia on Monday when the boat suddenly capsized, killing at least 13 of its passengers. The Navy says it was found adrift in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday with about 10 Somalis and 75 Ethiopians on board. Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Christopher Williams/US Navy/AP
Workers arrange a pile of ballot boxes in preparation for the nationwide village elections outside a warehouse in Manila, Philippines, on Monday. About 50 million Filipinos will vote for new village leaders on Oct. 25. Romeo Ranoco/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.