Novice Thai nuns walk along a pond at the Sathira-Dhammasathan Buddhist meditation center in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday. Over 50 girls, between 5 and 12 years old, were ordained as nuns for 10 days after going through three months of training. The center, founded in 1987, is a learning community for peace and harmony that has programs open to people regardless of age and gender. Sukree Sukplang/Reuters
WBC junior featherweight champion Jackie "The Aztec Princess" Nava gets perspiration wiped from her face after a training session in Mexico City, Friday. Nava will face WBC superflyweight holder Ana Maria "The Warrior" Torres in a superbantamweight title fight called the "Queens at War" on April 16 in Veracruz. Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters
People wait to register at a polling station at Oyeleye in Ibadan, Nigeria, Saturday. Nigeria slowly began the first of three crucial votes in the oil-rich nation Saturday, as voters came out to cast ballots despite a bomb attack and threats of violence. Sunday Alamba/AP
A voter (l.) marks her ballot as a relative takes care of her baby during general elections in Lima. Peruvians voted on Sunday in the first round of a presidential election in which polls show four candidates too close to give anyone the majority needed to avoid a runoff in June. Janine Costa /Reuters
A man uses the charger following the launch of the Autobleue electric car program Saturday in Nice, southern France. Nice is the first city in France to have 210 electric cars, with drivers able to pick up a car from one of the 70 stations in the city. Lionel Cironneau/AP
President Obama rereads his statement from the Blue Room about the budget at the White House in Washington, Friday. Jim Young/Reuters
A woman selects oranges at the Ribeira market in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday. Rafael Marchante /Reuters
Marina Suri of the indigenous women's soccer team of the highland town of Batallas controls the ball against Maritza Huallpa of the Achacachi team at the Cosmos 78 Stadium in El Alto, Bolivia. The teams competed for the first time on Saturday. Both towns are located near to the Titicaca lake, some 3800 meters above sea level. David Mercado/Reuters
Charl Schwartzel of South Africa reacts after a birdie putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, in Augusta, Ga. Chris O'Meara/AP
A Gypsy drives his horse and cart as he competes in a race during celebrations of International Roma Day in the town of Etropole, Bulgaria, Saturday. Most of the Roma in Bulgaria live in abject poverty, and their communities are burdened by outside discrimination as well as self-exclusive clan structures. Valentina Petrova/AP
Soldiers allied with Alassane Ouattara take up positions as fighting moves closer to a checkpoint used as a republican forces operating base in the Youpougon neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Sunday. Human Rights Watch, in a report obtained by the Associated Press late Saturday, called on Alassane Ouattara to investigate and prosecute abuses by his forces and those supporting his rival strongman Laurent Gbagbo. Rebecca Blackwell/AP
First-placed Krisztian Berki of Hungary poses during a flower ceremony after the pommel horse competition at the men's apparatus finals during the Artistic Gymnastics European Championships in Berlin, Saturday. Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
A girl attends a prayer ceremony inside a temple during celebrations to mark the "Navratri" festival in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh, Sunday. The festival, which is held in honour of the Hindu goddess Durga, is celebrated over a period of nine days where thousands of youths dance the night away in traditional costumes. Ajay Verma/Reuters
A man and boys walk on a street covered with rose petals in the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday. The petals, used for decorations and various rituals, are spread by wholesale dealers who dry them for sale in markets and flower shops. K.M. Chaudary/AP
A Libyan rebel fighter, seen through a hole in a destroyed armored personnel carrier, observes the skyline with binoculars for possible activity by pro-Qaddifi forces, on the outskirts of Ajdabiya, Libya, Saturday. Government soldiers and rebel gunmen battled in the streets of the key front-line city of Ajdabiya Saturday after the Libyan military used shelling and guerrilla-style tactics to open its most serious push into opposition territory since international airstrikes began. Ben Curtis/AP
A Japanese Buddhist monk prays at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, Sunday. Sergey Ponomarev/AP
A woman looks at blossom in Greenwich Park in London, Sunday. Toby Melville/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.