A Black Rattlesnake, which had been rescued with other animals while being trafficked illegally, is seen inside a plastic cylinder at the Federal Wildlife Conservation Center on the outskirts of Mexico City, Friday, May 20. According to Mexico's Federal Wildlife Conservation Department, at least 2,500 different animals are rescued annually in the country. Carlos Jasso /Reuters
Young women look at bullet casings and weapons used during the fighting between the rebels and Moammar Gadhafi forces in Misrata, Libya, Sunday. The European Union established formal diplomatic contact with the Libyan opposition on Sunday by opening an office in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Demonstrators camp out in Madrid's Puerta del Sol, Saturday. Spaniards took their protests over sky high unemployment and austerity into a seventh day across the country, defying a ban on demonstrations in the run up to local elections on Sunday. Dubbed "los indignados" (the indignant), tens of thousands of protesters have filled the main squares of Spain's cities for seven days, in a wave of outrage over economic stagnation and government austerity marking a shift after years of patience. /Paul Hanna/Reuters
Icelandic Photographer Robert Reynisson covers the volcano eruption at the edge of the ash fallout zone in Reykjavik Sunday. Iceland's most active volcano erupted on Saturday, hurling a plume of ash and smoke far into the sky, which aviation officials were closely. Authorities banned flights close to the Grimsvotn volcano but an official said the eruption was not expected to affect European airline traffic at least for the next 24 hours. Ingolfur Juliusson /Reuters
A U.S Navy personnel shelters form heavy rain beneath the wing of an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in Hong Kong. The carrier arrived on Sunday for a four-day routine port call. Tyrone Siu/Reuters
A homeless woman waits to cross the street in the Liberdade neighborhood of Sao Paulo Friday night. Sao Paulo currently has about 14,000 people living on the streets, with more than half of them in the city centre, according to local media. Nacho Doce/Reuters
With his boat parked on the levee, a homeowner walks to the front door of his levee-protected home near the Yazoo River in Yazoo City, Miss. on Saturday. Floodwaters from the Yazoo River continue to get deeper near Yazoo City, Miss. even as the Mississippi River is slowly falling, since it is still so high that water is backing up into its tributaries, especially the Yazoo River. Dave Martin/AP
A Syrian woman living in Jordan poses with the word "Free" painted on her face during a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad outside the U.N. office in Amman, Saturday. /Muhammad Hamed/Reuters
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara (l.) waits to receive the national string from Henriette Dagri Diabate, secretary-general of Quattara's party, the Rally of the Republicans (RDR), during his inauguration ceremony at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Foundation in Yamoussoukro. Ouattara was inaugurated as president of Ivory Coast on Saturday, in a ceremony most Ivorians hope will put a decade of conflict and instability behind them and mend a once prosperous economy. Luc Gnago/Reuters
Relatives of inmates wait for news outside La Planta prison in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday. Venezuelan authorities say inmates at the Caracas prison are holding the warden and 14 other officers hostage. About 200 relatives of prisoners temporarily blocked an adjacent highway to demand action by authorities. Ariana Cubillos/AP
A demonstrator kicks a tear gas canister in clashes with riot police, near the Chilean Congress where President Sebastian Pinera was delivering his State of the Nation address to the National Congress in Valparaiso, Chile, Saturday. For a second day, thousands of protestors from different social sectors gathered to protest against Pinera's government. Carlos Vera/AP
A Jewish worshipper jumps on the roof of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai's tomb during celebrations for the Lag Ba-Omer holiday on Mount Meron in northern Israel, early morning Sunday. Lag Ba-Omer marks the end of a plague that killed thousands of Jewish scholars in ancient times, as well as the anniversary of the death of Bar Yochai, who had rebelled against Roman rule and is believed to be the author of the Zohar, the core text of Kabbalah mysticism. Holiday traditions include lighting bonfires and cutting the hair of three-year-old boys for the first time. Baz Ratner/Reuters
Anti-government protestors reach up to catch a youth after throwing him into the air during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday. Hani Mohammed/AP
A screen shows Pope Benedict XVI addressing astronauts on the International Space Station via a video-link at the press hall at the Vatican Saturday. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
A 15-month-old female Bengal tiger peers from its cage during a police news conference in Bangkok, Thailand Sunday. Police in Thailand have arrested a man suspected of being a key player in one of the country's largest tiger trafficking rings, police and a wildlife conservation group said Sunday. Apichart Weerawong/AP
Holly Beaudoin, 8, wears her viking helmet while she watches the Viking Festival Parade travel through downtown Poulsbo, Wash. on Saturday. Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun/AP
Models show their nails to jury members sitting behind the wall during the fourth German Nailart Trophy 'Gothic - the dark side of nailart' at the Beauty Forum trade fair in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on Saturday. Beauty Forum 2011 is the most important cosmetic trade fair in Germany. Jens Meyer/AP
Worker Matt Attwood looks for stones on the floor of the pool in the Homebase garden display ahead of the Tuesday opening of the Chelsea Flower Show 2011, in London Saturday. Luke MacGregor/Reuters
A pile of clothes is left on a sidewalk in Seattle's Wedgewood neighborhood. The beginning of the end of the world was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Radio minister Harold Camping has advertised the rapture with billboards and a media campaign. Some have poked fun at the prediction with parties and pranks, such as this pile of clothes and sign. Joshua Trujillo/seattlepi.com/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.