The Emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, accompanied by Prince Philip, inspects a guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony at Windsor Castle, England. The Sheikh is on a two-day state visit to Britain, the first since 1985, which is seen as important in strengthening already strongly established business links with one of the Gulf States most financially powerful nations. Ian Gavan/AP
A married Hindu woman, her hands decorated with henna, holds a traditional urn and performs rituals on Karwa Chauth festival, in Allahabad, India. Married Hindu women observe a daylong fast for the health and long life of their husbands during this festival, mainly celebrated in northern India. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
A woman is reflected in a puddle of water on a rainy day in Belgrade, Serbia. Marko Djurica/Reuters
Afghan policemen simulate weapons orientation during a training session with US soldiers on the outskirts of Kandahar City, Afghanistan. Rodrigo Abd/AP
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Garbage collectors begin tackling Marseille's reeking mounds of trash in the center of Marseille, France. The striking garbage collectors faced 9,000 tons of garbage that have piled up in the streets in the last two weeks. Their union voted Monday evening to end the protest out of concerns over 'hygiene and safety.' City authorities said it would take four to five days before France's second-largest city starts looking, and smelling, like itself. Laurent Cipriani/AP
Georgi Chester, of College Park, Ga., casts her ballot during early voting in Atlanta. Nearly 350,000 Georgians have already voted in this year's general election. Though early voting got off to a slow start, nearly twice the number of voters headed to the polls last week than the previous week. David Goldman/AP
An eight-week-old female lion cub swims through fall leaves during a swim test at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. The test was to make sure the four cubs will be safe around the water feature when they are put on public display in late December. The test was very successful, according to the lion keepers. Jacquelyn Martin/AP
A young man calls his friend from a street covered in ash after Mount Merapi erupted near Kaliurang village in Sleman near the ancient city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Authorities have been trying since Monday to evacuate more than 11,000 villagers living on the volcano's slopes after the alert status was raised to the highest level. Beawiharta/Reuters
Trees begin to show their autumn colors on the east grounds of the Capitol in Washington, DC. J. Scott Applewhite/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.