A young Kashmiri boy whistles to call fellow protesters in Srinagar, India. Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the region after decades of violent turmoil. Separatist insurgencies and crackdowns by the hundreds of thousands of Indian troops deployed in the Indian-administered portion have killed more than 68,000, most of them civilians, since 1989. Altaf Qadri/AP Photo
A woman transports strawberries on her bicycle to sell by the Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi. Kham/Reuters
Israeli security forces take up positions during clashes with Palestinian youths, in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiyeh. The clashes started after a protest against Israel's house demolitions in Issawiyeh. Bernat Armangue/AP Photo
Shobha, (l.), kisses her younger sister Lakshmi as they attend a class at Epsilon, a school funded by Azim Premji Foundation in Bangalore, India. Azim Premji, chairman of Wipro Ltd., India's third-largest software services exporter, said Wednesday he would transfer 213 million shares worth 88.4 billion rupees ($1.95 billion) in the company to the Azim Premji Foundation by Dec. 7 to fund education programs for the poor. Aijaz Rahi/AP Photo
A Morpho butterfly hangs on the wall of the butterfly house created by Dutch duo Bik Van der Pol, presented in Rome during the opening to the public of the Macro contemporary art museum in Rome. The butterfly house hosts hundred of butterflies of various kinds and origin. Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo
A man in scuba diving gear wades through flood waters in Saint Mark's Square in Venice. Flood waters rose above sea level and covered over fifty percent of St. Mark's Square. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters
Firefighters rest on the road at sunrise after participating overnight in the efforts to gain control over a massive wildfire, still raging near by, in Tirat Hacarmel, northern Israel. The worst forest fire in Israel's history devastated one of the country's few forested areas, killing dozens of people as guards raced to rescue inmates at a prison in the fire zone, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of thousands. Tsafrir Abayov/AP Photo
Yemeni children gather, while playing in an alley of the old city of Sanaa, Yemen. Muhammed Muheisen/AP Photo
A boy plays in the water at the Punta Veleros beach in the northern city of Piura. Northern beaches in Peru, near the border of Ecuador, are being promoted by government campaigns to encourage tourism in this part of the country. Pilar Olivares/Reuters
A history enthusiast rides his horse near the village of Tvarozna near the city of Brno, Czech Republic. The re-enactment of battle of Austerlitz, celebrating its 205th anniversary, will take place on Saturday. Petr David Josek/AP Photo
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, (l.), and climber Brian Van Orsdel, (r.), scale down the outside of the 22-story Landmark Building in Stamford, Connecticut. Cashman was strapped into a cable for the practice run before a holiday show on Sunday. Kathleen O'Rourke/AP Photo
A tourist jumps from a terrace at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cuzco. Peru will celebrate on July 2011, the first centenary of the discovery of Machu Picchu with a huge exhibition after an agreement with Yale University to return thousands of artifacts taken from the archaeological site in the early 1900s, the Ministry of Culture said on Thursday. Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters
A woman crosses Vuelta Castillo Park through the snow in Pamplona northern Spain. A polar wind is crossing the country as many parts of Spain registered freezing temperatures and snow storms. Alvaro Barrientos/AP Photo
A sledger's boots are visible in an explosion of snow during an attempt to jump a ramp at the Queen Elizabeth country park near Petersfield in southern England. Luke MacGregor/Reuters
Activists of Sierra Club wearing flags representing countries taking part in Cancun climate talks stand next to a man dressed as a bear during a demonstration to protest against countries that they say are not doing enough to fight climate change, at a beach in Cancun. The Cancun talks have far lower ambitions than last year's Copenhagen summit which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. Henry Romero/Reuters
President Barack Obama greets troops at a rally during an unannounced visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/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.