IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion boxer Vladimir Klitschko (r.) of Ukraine helps out with training during a session with the best young Ukranian boxers in Kiev. Gleb Garanich/Reuters
A child and his mother watch frogs crawling on a window at an aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, during an event marking the upcoming end of insect hibernation, signaling the coming spring. Lee Jin-man/AP
Supporters of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe sing in arare, at a launch of a petition against Western economic sanctions. Zimbabwe's defiant president on Wednesday threatened to seize foreign businesses in retaliation for Western economic sanctions targeting him and his supporters over alleged human rights abuses in the southern African nation. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Passengers watch from the Russian-chartered ferry Sveti Stefan II after it arrived with some 400 Eastern European evacuees from Ras Lanuf in Libya, at Valletta's Grand Harbour. Some 13,000 people have been evacuated from Libya to Malta since the crisis broke out, according to local officials. Darrin Zammit Lupi /Reuters
A Hindu devotee offers prayers to Hindu Lord Shiva inside a temple during the Mahashivratri festival in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. Hindu women across the country celebrate Mahashivratri, better known as the Lord Shiva's wedding anniversary, in hope that their husbands will be blessed with long lives. Ajay Verma/Reuters
A woman is silhouetted next to a solar panel display by solar module supplier Upsolar at the fourth International Photovoltaic Power Generation (PV) Expo in Tokyo. More than 600 companies in the solar energy business from 18 countries are taking part in the March 2-4 expo, which showcases firms and products related to photovoltaic power generation, according to the organizer. Yuriko Nakao /Reuters
Rearview mirrors reflecting Seat wheels are seen during the press day at the 81st Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland. The motor show will open its gates to the public March 3 to 13. Martial Trezzini/AP
Ballerinas of the State Ballet of Georgia perform during a rehearsal in Taipei, Taiwan. Led by famed Georgian ballerina Nina Ananiashvili, the troupe will perform "Swan Lake," the pinnacle of the classical ballet repertory, for Taiwanese audiences for the first time. Wally Santana/AP
Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui, leader of the Surui tribe of the Madeire River Basin in Brazil, takes part in a protest in London against dams in the Amazon. Three Amazon Indians are traveling through Europe to protest against dams which they say threaten the land and lives of tribal people, although a Brazilian judge has suspended plans for construction of the massive Belo Monte hydroelectric plant in the Amazon rain forest, citing environmental concerns, a federal court said on Friday. Stefan Wermuth /Reuters
A boy sits on a bicycle as his mother plants rice in a paddy field in Bach Lien village, outside Hanoi. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plus China, Japan, and South Korea plan to establish a rice reserve to help protect them from volatile commodity prices, an official said on Monday after a meeting of the group's economic ministers. Kham /Reuters
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke testifies before the House Committee on Financial Services on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Kevin Lamarque /Reuters
Eric Frenzel of Germany uses a chairlift before the men's Nordic combined individual large hill event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo, Norway. Michael Dalder/Reuters
An ice fisherman makes his way to his spot near a fishing shanty on Lake Erie, in Buffalo, N.Y. David Duprey/AP
ET3 Christopher Shepardpearson and his wife, Gina, share the traditional first kiss as the the Los Angeles Class attack submarine USS Memphis returns to the U.S. Navy Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. after a two-month deployment. The USS Memphis, commissioned in 1977, will be taken out of service in a formal decommissioning ceremony at the Groton base on April 1. Sean D. Elliot/AP
A man waves a Bahraini flag on the rooftop of the Al Fatah Mosque where hundreds of thousands took part in a pro-government rally in Manama. Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters
British artist Anthony McCall poses for photographers next to a scale model of his work, "Column," during a presentation of his commission for the Cultural Olympiad, in central London. McCall has been commissioned by Britain's Arts Council and the Cultural Olympiad to create his "column" – a 200-meter-wide column of cloud that will rise from the surface of water – on Merseyside next year. Andrew Winning /Reuters
Egyptian naval personnel stand guard as compatriots who fled the unrest in Libya board an Egyptian naval vessel transporting them home, in the eastern Tunisian city of Zarzis. Anis Mili/Reuters
Children play in the waves as they attend the Melasti ceremony prayer on a beach in Sanur, on the Indonesian island of Bali. Melasti is a purification ritual held a day before Nyepi (or the Day of Silence). During Nyepi, Hindus in Bali observe a day of meditation and fasting and are not allowed to work, cook, light lamps, or participate in any activity. 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.