Snake charmer Faizal Ahmad kisses a king cobra during a snake show at the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday. Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters
A performer wearing a transparent box with water gestures in front of a fountain as she wanders around the street during her group's street performance "Waterheads," as a part of the Hi Seoul Festival 2010 in central Seoul on Wednesday. The performance was created and performed by Australian street performance group Erth. Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters
Australia's Emily Seebohm swims to win the gold medal in the 100 m backstroke at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday. Victor R. Caivano/AP
Three-week-old Sumatra tiger cub Daseep looks out of her box during her first public appearance at the zoo in Frankfurt on Wednesday. Daseep was surprisingly born to her mother Malea who was thought to be infertile, according to the zoo's vet. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
In this undated image made from video footage which aired on North Korea's Korean Central Television on Tuesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (c.) wearing sunglasses, and his third son, Kim Jong-un, (3rd l. front row), pose with North Korean officials and soldiers. Korean Central Television via Yonhap/AP
An emperor penguin chick, born in September, is seen at SeaWorld San Diego on Wednesday. The chick weighs nearly two pounds, stands seven inches high, and is being reared at SeaWorld's Penguin Encounter. It's the 21st successful hatching of an emperor penguin at SeaWorld San Diego, the only place in North America to house and successfully breed the species, according to park officials. SeaWorld San Diego/AP
The insides of a Bellemont, Ariz., home are exposed after a tornado swept through the small community west of Flagstaff on Wednesday. Felicia Fonseca/AP
A journalist visits the work "Y" by Belgian artist Carsten Holler during the exhibition "Travels in Hyperspace" at the La Laboral theater in Gijon, Spain, on Wednesday. "Travels in Hyperspace" is a selection of works drawn from the collection of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Eloy Alonso/Reuters
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reacts as she receives applause before speaking at the Fortune "Most Powerful Women" summit in Washington on Wednesday. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Volunteer Kevin Jackson cleans oil from a map turtle on Wednesday at an emergency wildlife response center set up by Enbridge Inc. in Marshall, Mich. Close to 90 percent of the 2,300 animals captured and cared for since the late July oil spill polluting the Kalamazoo River have been turtles and about 99 percent of the turtles rescued have survived, a better rate than for birds and other wildlife contaminated by the pollution. Most of the turtles have already been cleaned, rehabilitated, and returned to the wild in time for this winter's hibernation. Al Goldis/AP
Jocob Phelps holds up a placard as he protests for his side of the Snyder v. Phelps case outside the US Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday. The court heard oral arguments in the case on whether an individual's interest in suing to recover for the disruption of a family member's funeral outweighs the disrupter's First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
A Pakistani firefighter gestures toward his colleague next to burning oil tankers after militants attacked a terminal in Quetta, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Gunmen in southwestern Pakistan torched a dozen tankers carrying fuel to NATO troops and killed a driver Wednesday, police said, the latest strike against supply convoys heading for Afghanistan since Pakistan shut a key border crossing last week. Arshad Butt/AP
Four-year old Oliver Smith tries on a helmet belonging to his father, Sergeant Daniel Smith. Smith and 40 Commando troops returned home Wednesday to their military base in Taunton, England, after a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan. Ben Birchall/AP
Newlyweds wait to have their group photo taken after an Air Force mass wedding ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan, on Wednesday. Sixty couples participated in the mass wedding, which generally occurs once a year if enough couples sign up. Couples received blue-ray DVD players, pearl necklaces, and tea sets as wedding gifts from the military. Pichi Chang/Reuters
An elderly man tries to clean up his home in the flooded village of Devecser, Hungary, on Wednesday. Laszlo Balogh/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.