An Irish youngster poses for a photograph with a US flag painted on her face amongst people queuing up to join the crowd to listen to US President Barack Obama make an address at College Green in Dublin. Matt Dunham/AP
An exhibitor poses with clematis and delphiniums during press day at the Chelsea Flower Show 2011, in London. Luke MacGregor/Reuters
Mohammad Alishan, a performer from India's eastern state of Jharkhand, performs a stunt as he drives a car on the walls of a 'Well of Death' at a fair in Srinagar. Fayaz Kabli/Reuters
Members of the Welsh Guards band return to barracks after taking part in a Trooping the Color rehearsal in London. President Barack Obama arrives in Britain for an official state visit Tuesday. Alastair Grant/AP
Russian rider Alexei Aisin performs during the Red Bull Moto and BMX Freestyle Show in the center of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
Supporters of Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva cheer as he shoots a ball at the goal during his Democrat Party election campaign in Bangkok. Twenty-six political parties signed up to take part in a July general election in Thailand that is expected to be close and could open a new, tumultuous chapter in a power struggle that has dogged the country for more than five years. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Atlanta Falcons Kroy Biermann, (l.) and Curtis Lofton, (r.), get a close look at a Beluga whale with the help of animal care and training specialist Bryan Martin, (c.), during a preview of the Georgia Aquarium's Beluga and Friends interactive program in Atlanta. John Bazemore/AP
A Buddhist monk talks with a man in the doorway of one of the many temples at the Yonghegong Lama Temple complex in Beijing. Monday marks the 60th anniversary of what China calls the 'peaceful liberation' of Tibet, the formal beginning of the Communist rule over the devoutly Buddhist Tibetans. David Gray/Reuters
Emergency workers wait for a medical team after finding a body in a tornado ravaged car in Joplin, Mo. A large tornado moved through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses. Charlie Riedel/AP
An Indian nomad girl looks on as her herd of buffalo cool off in a pond on the outskirts of Amritsar, India. Altaf Qadri/AP
A boy walks with water buffaloes in Sapa, northwest Vietnam. Carlos Barria/Reuters
People take part in a minute of silence during a demonstration in Madrid. Thousands of Spaniards defied a ban on a pre-election demonstration and have mounted a protest camp in the heart of the Spanish capital to express anger at political parties and the country's handling of the economic crisis. Pedro Acosta/AP
A car is seen through a cloud of ash at the Geirland farm near Kirkjubaejarklaustur. People living next to the glacier where the Grimsvotn volcano burst into life on Saturday were most affected, with ash shutting out the daylight and smothering buildings and vehicles. Ingolfur Juliusson/Reuters
Workers are seen constructing Kiev stadium. The stadium will host matches during the Euro 2012 soccer championship. Gleb Garanich/Reuters
A hand-written note to rescue workers is seen on a house that was damaged by a tornado that destroyed nearly 30 percent of Joplin, Mo., on Sunday afternoon. The twister cut a six-mile path through the city. Adam Wisneski/AP
Pakistani Nazeeran Zafar adjusts her head scarf while working in a brick factory with her son Mohammed on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Small waves crash over rocks across the harbor from the Sydney city skyline. A team of Australia's top scientists warned of dire climate change in calling for the nation's carbon-dominated energy sector to turn green, as the government struggles to win support for a carbon price to cut pollution. Tim Wimborne/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.