Vendors look for customers at a local market on the outskirts of Saint-Marc, Haiti, on Jan. 22. The cholera epidemic that killed nearly 4,000 people is claiming fewer victims, with a sharp drop in new cases everywhere from the Artibonite Valley to the crowded urban slums. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Tunisian women hold photographs of their sons outside the Justice Ministry, where protesters are gathered to demand the release of those imprisoned by the regime of ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on suspicions of terrorism, in Tunis. More than a week after Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi took the reins of an interim coalition following the overthrow of Ben Ali. The poster reads, "The suffering of the prisoners of conscience and their families in Tunisia = living witnesses to the death of freedom and the counterfeit democracy." Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks during a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Philippe Wojazer/Reuters
Shiite pilgrims are seen in Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Jan. 23, as faithful flock to the holy city for Arbaeen, marking the end of the 40-day mourning period after the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the prophet Muhammad's grandson. Ahmed al-Husseini/AP
German honor guards stand at attention during the visit of the Swiss president and Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey at Bellevue Palace in Berlin. Markus Schreiber/AP
A jury of some of the most renowned names in pastry from around the world examine Belgium's dessert submission during the World Pastry Cup in Lyon, central France. Nineteen countries are participating in the contest, as part of the Sirha, the international hotel catering and food trade exhibition. Laurent Cipriani/AP
David Ferrer of Spain serves to Milos Raonic of Canada during their match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Yuriko Nakao/Reuters
In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, an armed police officer flies into his teammates' arms during a team-building exercise in Huainan, south of Beijing. The exercise aims at boosting mutual trust and keeping mental health in participators. Liao Fuan/AP
A subzero air temperature produces fog around water fowl huddled on a pond at sunrise in Marlborough, Mass. Bill Sikes/AP
An Indian elephant calf stands with her mother, Thi, in her enclosure at Chester Zoo in northern England. The calf, born on Jan. 22 is the second baby elephant born at the zoo in the past six months. Phil Noble/Reuters
India's Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels as they rehearse for a 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony in New Delhi. The ceremony symbolizes retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations. It is held every year on Jan. 29. Adnan Abidi/Reuters
US Postal Service carrier Alyson Edwards, of Woolwich, Maine, battles with subzero temperatures while delivering mail in Richmond, Maine. Mainers woke up to 20-degree below zero frigid temperatures, the coldest that most areas of Maine have seen in over two years. Pat Wellenbach/AP
A beautician fixes nail decorations on a model's hand during the OMC (Organisation Mondiale Coiffure) Israel Cup Open, an international competition of beauty industries, in Tel Aviv. Up to 200 participants competed Monday in more than 20 different categories on the first day of the competition. Bernat Armangue/AP
A Fiat 500 gripped by an aluminum hand is seen in Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn's sculpture Vroom Vroom in London. Quinn is the son of late actor Anthony Quinn. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
A worker pours a bucket of cocoa beans to dry inside a warehouse in Makassar, in Indonesia's South Sulawesi Province. Indonesian cocoa prices are unlikely to benefit from any export ban on top producer Ivory Coast, as poor quality makes the country's bean unsuitable for shipment to Europe, an industry body said on Monday. Indonesia is the world's third-biggest producer of cocoa beans after Ivory Coast and Ghana. Yusuf Ahmad /Reuters
A diver dressed as the Chinese god of prosperity feeds a green sea turtle named Kismet at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre Aquaria in Kuala Lumpur. The lunar New Year begins on Feb. 3 and marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac. Bazuki/Reuters
A Thai vendor waits for customers at her sidewalk shop in Bangkok, Thailand. Sakchai Lalit/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.