A protester with a Tunisian flag shouts slogans against President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis. Thousands of angry demonstrators marched through Tunisia's capital Friday, demanding the resignation of the country's autocratic leader a day after he appeared on TV to try to stop deadly riots that have swept the North African nation. Christophe Ena/AP Photo
Mud covered friends of Andrew Taylor (2nd r.), pose around a destroyed piano, as they help his family clean their house after floodwaters receded in the Brisbane suburb of Westend. Australia's third-largest city began cleaning up stinking mud and debris in flood-hit areas, but whole suburbs remained submerged. Smaller towns braced for more inundations and forecasters pointed to a threat of cyclones. Tim Wimborne/Reuters
A southern pochard duck cleans the head of a hippo at the zoo in Berlin. Six of these ducks were introduced to the hippo enclosure at the beginning of this year. Michael Sohn/AP Photo
A Nepalese traditional dancer performs in Katmandu during the inauguration ceremony of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 to welcome international travelers to visit the country. According to a media release, Nepalese government has set a target to bring in 1 million tourists during 2011. Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo
Pakistani demonstrators shout slogans against recent statements by Pope Benedict XVI about Pakistan's blasphemy laws, next to burning tires during a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan. Islamist protesters have demonstrated in three cities against a call by Pope Benedict XVI for Pakistan to scrap its blasphemy laws. The laws stipulate the death sentence for anyone insulting Islam's prophet, Muhammad. Critics say the laws are often used to persecute Christians and other minorities or to settle personal vendettas. Muhammed Muheisen/AP Photo
Schoolchildren sit around a fire to warm themselves during their recess break at a school on a cold day in Jammu. Mukesh Gupta/Reuters
A dog rests near a road while in the background a television tower is seen above clouds of polluted air over the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. Traffic pollution and burning low quality coal for heating caused clouds of air pollution during unusually warm weather for the month of January. Amel Emric/AP Photo
Shoppers walk at Hong Kong's Causeway Bay shopping district, China. Bobby Yip/Reuters
Christian worshipers buy souvenirs after a mass at a baptism site on the Jordan River. Thousands of Christians flocked to the baptism site on the river banks to kick-start the pilgrimage season that has been eclipsed by a series of bomb attacks against Christians in Iraq and Egypt. Ali Jarekji/Reuters
A couple sits on a promenade in front of the Mediterranean coast in Barcelona, Spain. Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo
People wearing costumes perform on a street during New Year celebrations in the Ukrainian village of Vashkivtsi in the Carpathian mountains, some 342 miles southwest of the capital Kiev (Kyiv). The local population traditionally celebrates the New Year according to the Julian calendar. Gleb Garanich/Reuters
A woman looks at a flooded street in Geraardbergen where the Dender River burst its banks. Several rivers burst their banks due to heavy rain and flooding of several towns and villages in Belgium. Thierry Roge/Reuters
Mary Kool holds a single red rose outside the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church where the funeral of US District Judge John Roll was to take place in Tucson, Ariz. Roll was killed in the Jan. 8 shooting that left six dead and wounded US Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Eric Thayer/Reuters
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man prays after taking a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganges River and the Bay of Bengal at Sagar Island, south of Calcutta, India. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of "Makar Sankranti." Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
The sun comes up through the fog in the early morning hours over Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany. Michaela Rehle/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.