A baby with a sticker on his forehead that says 'Save Romania's future' is part of a protest by mothers in front of the government headquarters in Bucharest, Romania. Mothers and pregnant women gathered to protest a government decision that cuts the period during which mothers get financial support to raise children from two to one year. Mihai Barbu/AP
Britain's Prince William (r.) completes a phone deal during a charity event at city company ICAP in central London. Kirsty Wigglesworth/Reuters
Stained-glass artist Gabi Liebermann decorates the Statue of Liberty as a Christmas ornament in the Krebs Glas Lauscha GmbH in Ernstthal near Lauscha, Germany. The company is one of the leading global manufactures of Christmas ornaments. The small village of Lauscha in the Thuringian Forest is famous for the glass Christmas ornaments. Jens Meyer/AP
Environmental activists from Greenpeace demonstrate in the water by holding images of landmarks during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico. According to the UN weather agency, 2010 is 'almost certain' to rank among the three hottest years on record, and in a report issued Tuesday, experts said glaciers in southern South America and Alaska's coastal mountains have been losing mass faster and for longer than glaciers elsewhere in the world. Eduardo Verdugo/AP
An inmate waves a Chilean flag from inside San Miguel public prison after a fire broke out in the building killing 81 inmates and critically injuring 14 others in Santiago. It is the worst accident in the history of the country's prison system, officials said. Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI is framed through Christmas decorations as he delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Andrew Medichini/AP
Houses are under construction in a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim. The United States on Tuesday abandoned its effort to persuade Israel to freeze construction of Jewish settlements, officials said, dealing a blow to efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Baz Ratner/Reuters
A refugee child from Somalia attends a class at Hagadera refugee camp at Dadaab in Kenya's northeastern province. Somalis fleeing war and hunger at home are pouring into these camps in neighboring Kenya, a refugee settlement with over 300,000 refugees. Somalia had been mired in violence, lacking effective central government since the 1991 overthrow of military dictator Mohammed Said Barre, resulting in clan-based fiefdoms in the country. Sahra Abdi/Reuters
Snow-covered Mount Fuji, Japan's highest peak at 12,385 feet, is seen from an airplane window. Itsuo Inouye/AP
A general view of the flooded village of Kujava, 25 miles northwest of Montenegro's capital is seen here. Heavy rain caused rivers to overflow and flood areas of Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro. Stevo Vasiljevic/Reuters
Supporters of presidential candidate Michel Martelly demonstrate in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Supporters of eliminated candidates protested after officials announced that government protege Jude Celestin and former first lady Mirlande Manigat would advance to a runoff in presidential elections. Guillermo Arias/AP
Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to a young Buddhist nun in front of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party headquarters in Yangon. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters
Oil workers make adjustments to increase a well's production in a Sakhir, Bahrain, desert oilfield in the Persian Gulf. Oil prices fell in Asia as traders locked in profits after crude rose to $90 a barrel for the first time in more than two years. Hasan Jamali/AP
A Greek presidential guard, known as an Evzones, take part in a changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as riot police secure the Greek parliament during an anti-government rally of public transport workers in central Athens. Strikes have halted public transport in Athens for 24 hours in the latest display of union opposition to austerity measures in crisis-hit Greece. Buses, the metro, trams and trolleys stopped in the capital Wednesday along with national rail services, as workers walked off the job in opposition to plans by the Socialist government to restructure state-run transport companies and reduce subsidy payments. Petros Giannakouris/AP
A girl throws a snow ball to her grandfather at a park in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kyodo/Reuters
A child stares at Christmas lights in the Transylvanian city Cluj, central Romania, near the Orthodox Metropolitan cathedral. Vadim Ghirda/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.