A girl jumps near a hot air balloon as it is being prepared for take off in a field near Kibbutz Ruhama, as part of a festival in southern Israel. Baz Ratner/Reuters
Ali Khan, an Afghan confectioner, works inside a confectionery factory in Kabul, Afghanistan. Locally made sweets are in great demand in Afghanistan due to their low prices – on an average, one kilogram of these sweets cost $1. About 36 percent of Afghan citizens live below the poverty line and about 42 percent of the population live on less than $1 a day, according to USAID. Dar Yasin/AP
Ahmed, an Egyptian boy, looks through the window of a bus as he leaves with his family, who worked in Libya and are now fleeing the unrest in the country, outside the Tunisia-Libyan border, in Ras Ajdir, Tunisia. Emilio Morenatti/AP
An antigovernment protester waves a Bahraini flag during a rally in Manama. James Lawler Duggan/Reuters
Artisan Louis Kersten (l.) checks the size of a 'Gille' costume worn by a participant, ahead of the Binche carnival in Belgium. The carnival, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage event, is one of the biggest and the most popular events in Belgium. The event will end with a parade of the Gilles of Binche on March 8. Francois Lenoir/Reuters
A young member of 'Traditsia' (Tradition), a Bulgarian National Patriotic organization, takes part in a Statehood Day ceremony in Sofia. Bulgaria celebrates its national day, marking the 133rd anniversary of its liberation from Ottoman rule in 1878. Valentina Petrova/AP
Police begin their day outside the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., as protesters sleep. Opponents of the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers are in their 16th day of protests. The Wisconsin Department of Administration officials shut the doors to many protesters and some chose to sleep outside. Andy Manis/AP
First lady Michelle Obama reads 'The Cat in the Hat' to students during a visit to the Oyster Adams Bilingual School, with Mexico's first lady, Margarita Zavala, in Washington. Jose Luis Magana/AP
Bangladesh's special task force officers with sniffer dogs perform security checks at the Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh plays West Indies in the Cricket World Cup Group B match Friday. Themba Hadebe/AP
Off-duty and retired police officers and firefighters stand with other supporters in a large gathering outside the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., during a rally to protest staff cuts and promote public safety. They say budget cuts and layoffs have thinned their ranks to unsafe levels. The rally is the second at the Statehouse in a week. The AFL-CIO sponsored a unity rally for Wisconsin state workers Friday. They are fighting limits on their right to collectively bargain. Mel Evans/AP
A Yemeni girl attends Muslim noon prayer along with anti-government protesters during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen. Two antigovernment protesters were shot and killed in southern Yemen, where a hospital official said the deaths occurred during demonstrations in the town of Sadr, in the province of Lahaj. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Anti-Gbagbo protesters stand near a roadblock and burning tires in the Abobo area of Abidjan. Ivory Coast security forces shot dead seven female protesters on Thursday and the United Nations said at least 365 people had died in violence since disputed elections that have taken the country to the brink of civil war. Luc Gnago/Reuters
A winter swimmer jumps into a canal in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China. Donald Chan/Reuters
Jellyfish swim in an aquarium of Monaco's oceanographic museum. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancee Charlene Wittstock will celebrate the gala diner at the oceanographic museum of Monaco following their wedding on July 2, 2011. Eric Gaillard/Reuters
A fan of Norway cheers during the women's cross country 4 x 5 km relay event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo. Petr Josek/Reuters
Florist Larisa Maklakova harvests tulips at the 'Sovkhoz Oktyabrskiy' private greenhouse, in a suburb of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Millions of Russian men will acknowledge women they love by presenting flowers and souvenirs to them on International Women's Day, March 8. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
Thai soldiers ride their motorcycles during a patrol in a village in troubled Yala Province, southern Thailand. Yala is one of three Muslim-dominated provinces bordering Malaysia where more than 4,500 people, both Muslims and Buddhists, have been killed since 2004 in a low-level insurgency. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
A Bolivian indigenous woman from tarqueada group perform during the Anata Andina (Andean carnival) in Oruro. Hundreds of ethnic groups from Oruro Province participated in the carnival. David Mercado/Reuters
Children play at a beach in Chennai (formerly Madras), India. Aijaz Rahi/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.