Bees fly next to a beekeeper at an apiary in Maria Pinto town, northwest of Santiago. The La Nina weather front in Chile is causing a decline in the country's bee population and the honey harvest has consequently fallen by some 60 to 70 percent, according Chile's National Beekeeping Association. Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
A rescued dog looks out from a cage at a base of China Small Animal Protection Association on the outskirts of Beijing. Around 200 people blockaded a truck packed with hundreds of dogs at a toll booth on a Beijing highway for 15 hours on Friday, April 15, until they finally negotiated the dogs' release for $17,000, saving them from being slaughtered and served as food. AP
A boy plays in a water fountain on a hot day in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. Krishnendu Halder/Reuters
Supervisor of interpreters Alex Tillen moves the head of a sheep he is shearing in Staunton, Va. Spectators lined the fence at the English Farm exhibit while the sheep were being sheared on the opening day of Wool Days, which runs through Saturday, at the Frontier Culture Museum. Pat Jarrett/AP
Orthodox Christian nuns stand in the Jordan River during a ceremony for the upcoming holiday of Easter at the baptismal site known as Qasr el-Yahud, where it is believed John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ, near the West Bank city of Jericho. Baz Ratner/Reuters
A boy prepares to jump over the bonfire during Chiakokonoba celebration in Tbilisi. According to the ancient superstition, people purify themselves from evil souls by jumping over the fire on Wednesday night in the holy week. David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle takes off at the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India. A space department official says the Indian-made rocket has been successfully launched into space carrying three satellites. AP
A penitent walks to a church before taking part in the procession of 'El Baratillo' brotherhood during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain. Hundreds of processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors. Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
A resident uses a canoe to navigate through a flooded street in the municipality of Yotoco. Downpours due to La Nina have rocked the Andean nation since last year, displacing 2.8 million people and killing almost 400. Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters
The pack of riders climbs the 'Wall of Huy' during the Fleche Wallonne Classic cycling race in Huy. Francois Lenoir/Reuters
Workers wash and clean a statue of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet state and creator of the Soviet communist party, in central Krasnoyarsk. Supporters of Lenin will mark the 141st anniversary of his birth on April 22. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
Apple blossom which has appeared three weeks earlier than usual is checked by fruit farmer Michael Bentley at Castle Fruit Farm, Newent, southwest England. Some of the six varieties of plum also grown in the orchard are already forming on the trees and all 14 varieties of apple are either in blossom or forming fruit. David Jones/AP
New students attend their first homeroom activity after a entrance ceremony at Kamaishi elementary school in Kamaishi, Iwate prefecture, after the area was devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Nineteen new students took part in the entrance ceremony which was held 13 days late due to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Toru Hanai/Reuters
Spencer Slate, garbed as a scuba-diving Easter bunny, places eggs on the sand in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla. An Easter tradition in the Florida Keys, Slate's Atlantis Dive Shop stages an underwater egg hunt on Easter Sunday that serves as a fundraiser for a local children's charity. Bob Care/AP
A resident uses a spear and a battery operated head lamp to catch fish at a river during low tide in Marinduque island, central Philippines. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
A commercial fishing boat sits anchored before sunrise in Grand Isle, La. Grand Isle is a coastal community centered around fishing and tourism that was heavily impacted by last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill. One year after the nation's worst offshore oil spill began, solemn ceremonies will mark the disaster Wednesday and underscore the delicate healing that is only now taking shape. Patrick Semansky/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.