A worker hangs decorative red lanterns on trees ahead of Chinese lunar New Year celebrations at Longtan Park in Beijing, on Jan. 31. The lunar New Year begins on Feb. 3 and marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit. Jason Lee/Reuters
Travelers trying to leave Egypt sleep inside Cairo International Airport on Jan. 31. The airport was a scene of chaos and confusion as thousands of foreigners sought to flee the unrest in Egypt. Ann Hermes/Staff
Kazakhstan's Alexey Poltoranin (r.) finishes ahead of Japan's Onda Yuichi to win the men's cross-country sprint race during the Seventh Asian Winter Games outside Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Monday, Jan. 31. Nikita Bassov/AP
A Sotheby's employee holds one of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's handmade porcelain sunflower seeds (Kui Hua Zi) at the auction house premises in London, on Jan. 31. The piece weights 100 kg and it is estimated to fetch between $127,000 and $190,000 in Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction which takes place on Feb. 15. Matt Dunham/AP
Ice crystals rest on a plant at the Cleveland Metroparks polo field Monday, Jan. 31, in Moreland Hills, Ohio. Temperatures will stay in the teens for northeast Ohio on Monday. Tony Dejak/AP
A Pakistani boy plays with a tire during sunset on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Jan. 31. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Men dressed in sheepskin costumes for a carnival celebration walk on the way to the Pyrenees village of Ituren, northern Spain, on Jan. 31. Alvaro Barrientos/AP
A protester holds a placard depicting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as Adolf Hitler in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Jan. 31. Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
Russian riot police officers cordon off an area during a rally in central Moscow on Jan. 31. Opposition groups have been calling rallies on the 31st day of each month to honor the 31st article of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly. Most of the rallies have been banned or dispersed by police as unsanctioned. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
Yemeni Abdul Bari Hussein, reads verses from the Quran, Islam's holy book, in the Grand Mosque in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, on Jan. 31. Hani Mohammed/AP
A villager makes cow-dung cakes used as cooking fuel at Maloya village on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Chandigarh on Jan. 31. Ajay Verma/Reuters
People release white balloons after a religious service celebrated in Ciudad Juarez on Jan. 30. People gathered in remembrance of 14 high school students who were killed when hitmen burst into a party on Jan. 31, 2010. Gael Gonzalez/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.