A young boy takes a nap during a break at Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea. A group of children entered the temple, the main temple of Korean Buddhism's Chogye Order, to experience a monk's life for a month to celebrate Buddha's birthday on May 10. Lee Jin-man/AP
A pro-democracy protester releases a kite depicting detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei during a protest to demand the release of the outspoken government critic, in Hong Kong. Vincent Yu/AP
Riders race with their donkeys during the annual donkey festival in Otumba, near Mexico City. The festival, celebrated since the 1960's, consists of leisure activities revolving around donkeys, a once indispensable working animal in Mexico that is being replaced by mechanical alternatives. Henry Romero/Reuters
Women wait to vote at the polling center during the first day of voting in Kadogli in South Kordofan state. Elections for the governor and the legislative council in South Kordofan state started on Monday. Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters
Riot policemen stand guard in front of an university entrance as students chant slogans during a demonstration in which they demand political change in Algiers. Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
The White House in Washington is seen through an American flag being held by visitors on the day after Osama bin Laden was killed. Jacquelyn Martin/AP
People read the extra edition of a Japanese newspaper in Tokyo, reporting Osama bin Laden was killed in an operation led by US forces. Shizuo Kambayashi/AP
In celebration of the announcement that Osama Bin Laden was killed, Iraq veteran Jesse Macdonald waves an American flag at Monument Terrace with his two sons on Church Street in downtown Lynchburg, Va. "When we say our prayers, [my daughter] always adds in, 'And may they catch the bad guys.' Today I told her, 'Last night they got the number one bad guy,'" said Macdonald. Parker Michels-Boyce/The News & Advance/AP
A paratrooper smiles as he participates in a joint Bulgarian-US military training Thracian Spring 2011 at the Krumovo airbase near the city of Plovdiv, about 87 miles East of Sofia. Stoyan Nenov/Reuters
Students look towards the compound where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed from a nearby madrasa in Abbottabad. Bin Laden was killed in a US helicopter raid on a mansion near the Pakistani capital Islamabad early on Monday, officials said, ending a nearly 10-year worldwide hunt for the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks. US officials said bin Laden was found in the million-dollar compound in the military garrison town of Abbottabad, 35 miles north of Islamabad. Faisal Mahmood/Reuters
Kashmiri nomads walk with their herd of goats and sheep after the Srinagar-Leh highway was opened to traffic in Sonamarg, 55 miles east of Srinagar. The 275 mile long highway was opened by Indian army authorities for traffic on Monday after remaining snowbound at Zojila Pass, 11,581 feet above sea level, for the past six months. The pass connects Kashmir with the Buddhist-dominated Ladakh region, a famous tourist destination among foreign tourists for its monasteries, landscapes and mountains. Fayaz Kabli/Reuters
Anti-government protesters watch during a demonstration demanding the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz. Yemeni activists urged street protesters not to raise banners of Osama bin Laden to avoid inviting a harsher crackdown on demonstrations seeking democratic change in the al Qaeda leader's ancestral homeland. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
Benedictine nun Catherine Wybourne, of Britain, uses her smartphone to connect to the Internet during a meeting of Catholic bloggers at the Vatican. The Vatican invited 150 Catholic bloggers to attend a first-ever blogging summit, increasingly aware of the role that faith-based blogging is playing in spreading Catholicism. Pier Paolo Cito/AP
A Buddhist monk prays for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Natori. Wooden tablets were placed atop a hill where a shrine used to stand. Junji Kurokawa/AP
A young Jewish man prays in the gas chamber of the Auschwitz Death Camp before the March of the Living in Oswiecim, southern Poland. Thousands of people from around the world take part in the annual March of the Living paying tribute to the victims of the Holocaust at the former Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Bela Szandelszky/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.