An Iraqi woman is kissed by a nun at a funeral for two slain Christian brothers in Mosul, 225 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq. Gunmen shot and killed two Christian brothers Monday in a northern Iraqi city in the latest in a spate of attacks targeting the religious minority, Iraqi police said. A lawmaker called on Iraq's government Tuesday to better protect its dwindling Christian community and lambasted other nations that have offered asylum to fleeing Christians as meddling in Iraq's problems. AP Photo
The Dean of Westminster, John Hall, walks through Westminster Abbey, in central London. Britain's Prince William is to marry his fiancee Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29 next year at London's Westminster Abbey. Toby Melville/Reuters
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets people as he arrives to receive an honorary doctor of letters degree from the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, India. Saurabh Das/AP Photo
Competitors run the men's 3000m steeplechase final at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. David Gray/Reuters
Buddhist monks take part in a religious ceremony to mourn the deaths of stampede victims near a bridge in Phnom Penh. About 400 Buddhist monks took part in the ceremony. The stampede, which occurred on the bridge on the last day of a festival marking the end of the rainy season in Cambodia's capital, killed at least 375 people when thousands panicked, pinning and trampling revellers. Chor Sokunthea/Reuters
Supporters of Ivory Coast's president and election candidate Laurent Gbagbo bite on an ear of corn during a rally in Abidjan. Ivory Coast's long delayed presidential election went ahead peacefully but did not produce a clear winner, so a run-off between President Laurent Gbagbo and opposition challenger Alassane Ouattara is set for Nov. 28. Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters
Lucky, a black Labrador, jumps over his trainer during an exercise at the Army's canine school in Bogota. The school trains about 900 dogs over the course of a year after which the dogs will serve the military for five to seven years as bomb sniffing dogs. John Vizcaino/Reuters
Mahli Jaynae Bell, (l), and Shaye Mackinzie, of the Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians, and Mary Anne Guoladdie, of the Wichita affiliated tribes, attend an American Indian Heritage Month program at the Justice Department in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo
South Koreans take moment of silence for their marines killed in a North Korean bombardment during a rally against North Korea's attack on South Korean island, in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea shot dozens of rounds of artillery onto a populated South Korean island near their disputed western border Tuesday, military officials said, setting buildings on fire and prompting South Korea to return fire and scramble fighter jets. Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo
A man walks with his camels on a road near Suigam, about 125 miles northwest of Ahmadabad, India. Ajit Solanki/AP Photo
A worker holds a portrait of Soviet leader Lenin in a gallery in Budapest. The new Hungarian government has decided to sell communist-era relics, including the portraits, in an auction to be held on Dec. 6. Bernadett Szabo/Reuters
Filipino student journalists hold white roses as they shout slogans to commemorate the first anniversary of the country's worst election-related violence during a rally near the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III promised justice for at least 57 people massacred, including 32 media workers, in southern Maguindanao Province a year ago amid concerns that politically powerful suspects will be spared. Aaron Favila/AP Photo
Herpetologist Jens Vindum, dressed as Santa Claus, watches as two reindeer graze on the living roof of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The reindeer will be part of a holiday exhibit at the academy called "Tis the Season for Science" that runs through Jan. 2. The Arctic exhibit will include an igloo presentation dome, indoor snow flurries, and the reindeer. Eric Risberg/AP Photo
Members of Tampa's Lowery Park Zoo and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission prepare manatee "TECO 2" for release in Apollo Beach, Fla. The zoo planned to release a total of three manatees back into the wild. Chris O'Meara/AP Photo
A sledder starts downhill after a push in Seattle's Gasworks Park. The Space Needle can be seen behind. A vicious storm struck the Pacific Northwest and other western states at the start of the holiday travel season, dumping heavy snow on roads, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people, and causing a cargo plane to overshoot its runway in Seattle. Elaine Thompson/AP Photo
A green tree python takes a rest at the zoo in Wuppertal, western Germany. The snake makes its home in the rainforests of northern Australia and starts as a child in yellow, orange or red, before the adult gets green. Martin Meissner/AP Photo
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.