Draco, a golden retriever puppy, enjoys a ride on the shoulder of owner Cyrus Scribner of Middlesex, Vt., as he walks down the street in Montpelier, Vt., on Thursday. Toby Talbot/AP
Europe's Francesco Molinari, wearing a wig with the colours of the Italian flag, prepares to play a shot off the 16th tee during the practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales, on Thursday. Alastair Grant/AP
The Ross Fountain, which was installed below Edinburgh Castle on West Princes Street Gardens, in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1872, is lit up by the early autumn sun on Thursday. David Cheskin/AP
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Roma girls carry kittens in their home in Alsozsolca, Hungary, on Thursday. A large concentration of Hungary's Roma live in the northeast of the country, most of them unemployed with little access to even the most basic services. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
The statue of Christ the Redeemer is seen through clouds in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday. Natach Pisarenko/AP
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Delegates, including Kim Jong-un, (front row r.) the youngest son and heir apparent of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, attend the ruling Workers' Party representatives meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday. KRT/APTN/AP
US Ryder Cup players (l. to r.) Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods, and Jim Furyk laugh as they leave the first tee during practice ahead of the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Newport, south Wales, on Thursday. Brian Snyder/Reuters
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A police officer demonstrates next to a bonfire at a police base in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday during a nationwide protest of police officers and soldiers against a new law that cuts their benefits. Dolores Ochoa/AP
Former President Jimmy Carter waves as he leaves MetroHealth Hospital on Thursday, in Cleveland. Tony Dejak/AP
Models present creations by US designer Rick Owens as part of his ready-to-wear spring-summer 2011 fashion collection, presented in Paris on Thursday. Christophe Ena/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.