One of a pair of recently born twin pandas is held by a veterinarian during its presentation to the media at Madrid Zoo & Aquarium on Thursday. The twin pandas were born on Sept. 7, conceived through artificial insemination in a joint effort by Spain's National Research council and scientists from China. The cubs are the first of their species to be born in Spain since 1982 and only the third litter to be born in Europe, according to Chinese veterinarian Yuan Bo, who traveled from Beijing to assist the birth and first months of the newborns. Andrea Comas/Reuters
Afghan children play on a wooden cart at an Afghan colony in the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Thursday. Aaron Favila/AP
A worker harvests cranberries at a state farm in the village of Selishche, Belarus, on Thursday. While crossing the flooded fields, machines dislodge the berries allowing them to float to the surface so that employees can gather them. Sergei Grits/AP
Firefighters respond to a three-alarm blaze near I-85 in northeast Atlanta, Ga., on Thursday. The building fire disrupted traffic on Atlanta's busy Piedmont Road, and smoke was visible to commuters on the highway. John Spink/Atlanta Journal & Constitution/AP
An artisan gives the finishing touches to an effigy of demon king Ravana in preparations for the upcoming Hindu festival of Dussehra in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh on Thursday. The effigies are burnt during Dussehra, the Hindu festival that commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over the Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil. Ajay Verma/Reuters
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (l.) confers with Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, at a State Department event to discuss international support for increasing women's access to mobile technology, at the State Department in Washington on Thursday. Jason Reed/Reuters
A man walks across a foot-bridge over the River Marcal containing the toxic red sludge that spilled Monday from a giant industrial container near Mersevat, Hungary, on Thursday. 'Life in the River Marcal has been extinguished,' rescue official Tibor Dobson told The Associated Press, referring to the river's 25-mile stretch that carried the red waste from Kolontar into the Raba River and into the Danube. Bela Szandelszky/AP
Pakistani villagers collect oil leaked from NATO trucks in Khairabad, Pakistan, on Thursday. Gunmen in northwest Pakistan torched a dozen tankers carrying fuel to NATO troops police said, the latest strike against supply convoys heading for Afghanistan since Pakistan shut a key border crossing last week. BK Bangash/AP
A pair of BASE jumpers free fall from Kuala Lumpur Tower during the KL Tower International Jump in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday. BASE stands for the places such jumpers usually leap from: buildings, antennae, spans and earth. Lai Seng Sin/AP
A red panda cub, born on May 30, comes out to play at the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Canada, on Thursday. Two cubs, one male and one female, have been in the den area since their birth and have been completely raised by their mother, Malikha. Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press/AP
Wide receiver Randy Moss, back in a Minnesota Vikings uniform, catches a pass during NFL football practice in Eden Prairie, Minn., on Thursday. Moss was traded on Oct. 6 by the New England Patriots to the Vikings. Jim Mone/AP
Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon of Canada begins her women's synchronized swimming solo free routine at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, on Thursday. Tim Wimborne/Reuters
A power-generating wind turbine is seen on an Alpiq wind farm in Le Peuchapatte, Switzerland, on Thursday. Alpiq, an energy company, claims that the wind farm, with three power-generating two-megawatt wind turbines, is capable of producing around 14 million kilowatt hours of green energy per year, which is enough to power some 4,000 households. Michael Buholzer/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.