Andalusian horsemen wearing flamenco costumes ride their horses on a road in Cuevas del Becerro, near Malaga, southern Spain on Saturday. Jon Nazca/Reuters
A boy jumps from the seaside boulevard to the beach in Benghazi, Libya on Saturday. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Ahmed Juma'a, 20, emerges from clouds of celebratory smoke from the car engines of friends welcoming him home from jail Saturday in the western Shiite Muslim village of Malkiya, Bahrain. Juma'a was detained last week as part of the crackdown on anti-government protesters, which has netted several hundreds in the past few months mostly from Shiite Muslim areas. Hasan Jamali/AP
Tame elephants "Cek Mek" (l.) and "Timur" (r.) play with a newly captured wild elephant at a forest in Kota Tinggi , 400 km (250 miles) southeast of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday before its relocation to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Pahang. Trained elephants are used to accompany captured wild elephants during the relocation process from their threatened natural habitat. The presence of other elephants calms the frightened elephant, making it less likely to attack the movers. The Malaysia's Department of Wildlife and National Parks has relocated at least 600 wild elephants since 1974. Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters
A wet rabbit runs for safety after members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, Louisiana this past Saturday. Scores of U.S. heartland rivers from the Dakotas to Ohio have flooded following a snowy winter and heavy spring rains, feeding near-record crests on the lower Mississippi River. Sean Gardner /Reuters
A shrimp cleans a moray eel's mouth, off Tulamben, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday. Cleaner shrimp is a generic term for any swimming decapod crustacean that cleans other organisms of parasites. This symbiotic relationship benefits the fish by having parasites removed from them, and the shrimp gets its food. David Loh /Reuters
Keesler Airman Bryan Stewart encourages competitor John Toche of Sumrall as he competes in the Bocce event during the Special Olympics State Summer Games at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., on Saturday. James Edward Bates/Sun Herald/AP
Haiti's newly-sworn-in President Michel Martelly (r.) walks with Haiti's Chief of Police Mario Andresol during Haiti's presidential inaugural ceremony at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday. The 50-year-old performer known to Haitians as "Sweet Micky" was swept to power in a March 20 presidential runoff by Haitians tired of past leaders who failed to provide even basic services, such as decent roads, water and electricity in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country. /Ramon Espinosa/AP
A visitor is seen through an underground train window as she listens to the “Kremlin” chamber orchestra perform live at the Kropotkinskaya metro station in Moscow , Sunday. The concert was dedicated to the 76th anniversary of the birth of the Moscow underground, or subway. Denis Sinyakov /Reuters
Alleged Afghan child suicide bombers, Mohammad Yunis,(c.) and Fazel Rahman (r.) in green, leave the classroom with other inmates at the Kabul Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday. Following orders from their religious teacher to kill foreign forces, four would-be boy bombers left their home in Pakistan and headed into eastern Afghanistan. They were told two Taliban members would meet them at a border crossing in Nangarhar province. Instead, members of the Afghan intelligence service, who had been tipped to the plans, arrested the boys. Kamran Jebreili/AP
Palestinian boys dressed in uniforms of Palestinian security forces and holding plastic toy guns take part during a rally marking "Nakba" in the West Bank city of Nablus. On Sunday Palestinians mark the "Nakba", or catastrophe, to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of some 700,000 Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters
A member of the 200-harp "Sonidos la Tierra" plays during the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Independence in front of Museo del Cabildo, in Asuncion Sunday. Paraguay celebrates its 200th year of independence this weekend. Jorge Adorno /Reuters
In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, Boston Bruins' Gregory Campbell (11) skates through the crease of Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson during the third period of Tampa's 5-2 win in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final playoff series, Saturday in Boston. Winslow Townson/AP
Members of the Canadian Forces 38 brigade from Winnipeg are silhouetted as they haul sandbags to a home near the Hoop and Holler Bend along Assiniboine River outside of Portage La Prairie, Man, Saturday. The Hoop and Holler Bend is where the government of Manitoba breached a dike, flooding the surrounding area. Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press/AP
Chinese police officers cast shadows during an event to promote prevention of economic crime in Beijing, China, Sunday. Ng Han Guan/AP
A man prepares to eat as he sits in the shade, in central Bangkok on Sunday. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday, in Walla Walla, Wash., the morning sun erupts briefly through a break in cloud cover to illuminate a rainbow above the fairgrounds and launching point for the 37th Walla Walla Balloon Stampede. Citing "intermittent rain, instability and chances of thunder storms", balloonmeister Jerry Cummins closed the field to balloon launches shortly after the pilots meeting. Jeff Horner/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin/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.