An activist of National Alliance of People's Movements group in New Delhi, holds a candle during a prayer memorial held for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Adnan Abidi/Reuters
Riot police stand guard during a demonstration in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad, Iraq. Protesters gathered to demonstrate against corruption and the lack of government services in Baghdad's Tahrir Square, one of at least four demonstrations, in Iraqi cities on Friday. Khalid Mohammed/AP
A tourist from Israel poses for photos with Sugarloaf mountain in the background in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Obama is scheduled to visit Brazil on March 19 and 20 as part of a Latin American tour that also includes Chile and El Salvador. Felipe Dana/AP
Indian girls buy powdered colors from a wayside vendor ahead of the Holi festival, in Allahabad, India. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, is traditionally celebrated by people throwing colored powder and colored water at each other and will be marked across the country on March 20. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
A woman attends a rally in support of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli. Gaddafi's government said it was declaring a unilateral ceasefire in its offensive to crush Libya's revolt, as Western warplanes prepared to attack his forces. Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters
A man checks lists of evacuees at an evacuation center near a devastated area hit by massive earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan a week earlier, in Rikuzentakata. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
Britain's Prince Harry, presents Operational Service Medals to members of the First and Second Mine Countermeasures Squadrons at the Naval Base, in Portsmouth, southern England. Luke MacGregor/Reuters
The US Coast Guard Barque Eagle makes its way up Delaware River, in view of the Walt Whitman Bridge in Philadelphia on the first stop of a world tour to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Scheduled tour stops will include London, Reykjavik, Iceland, and Hamburg, Germany, where the ship was built in 1936. It was later acquired by the US through war reparations. AP
Army soldiers walk past people shouting anti-constitutional amendment slogans during a protest against a referendum, which will be on Saturday, at Tahrir Square in Cairo. Amr Abdaalah Dalsh/Reuters
Protesters take part in a march in Mbabane, the Swaziland capital. Thousands of Swazis marched on the prime minister's office in a rare protest to demand the resignation of the tiny southern African kingdom's government. Swaziland is in the grip of a serious financial crisis and civil servants fear they will not be paid this month after Africa's last absolute monarchy suffered a huge drop in income from the Southern African Customs Union. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Seen through openings in a mosque wall, Bahrainis pray during the funeral of Ahmed Farhan, a 29-year-old demonstrator slain Tuesday in the town of Sitra, Bahrain. Thousands of Bahrainis gathered for the funeral of the demonstrator, slain Tuesday in the town of Sitra hours after the king declared martial law in response to a month of escalating protests. Shiites account for 70 percent of the tiny island's half-million people but they are widely excluded from high-level posts and positions in the police and military. Sergey Ponomarev/AP
An African worker poses for a photograph during a Purim parade in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Jewish holiday of Purim celebrates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Scroll of Esther. Ariel Schalit/AP
Switzerland's Dario Cologna skis during the men's prologue 3.3 km classic individual World Cup ski race in Falun. Anders Wiklund/Reuters
The Brooks mountain range spreads out to the horizon in northern Alaska. Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Ground personal load missiles onto Danish F-16 fighter planes at Skydstrup Air Base in Jutland, Denmark. The Danish Parliament has asked the Air Force to provide four F-16 fighter planes to support the establishment and maintenance of a no-fly zone over Libya. Britain and France took the lead in plans to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya on Friday, sending British warplanes to the Mediterranean and announcing a crisis summit in Paris with the UN and Arab allies. Casper Dalhoff/AP
Horses jump a fence in The Grand Annual Steeple Chase Challenge Cup during the Cheltenham Festival horse racing meet in Gloucestershire, western England. Eddie Keogh/Reuters
A partially destroyed building is draped with fishing nets carried inland by the tsunami into the town of Minamisanriku. David Guttenfelder/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.