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Brad Carter (l.) leaves the damaged house he shares with Brandy Kendall (r.) as she, reflected in a mirror, loads a trailer with belongings they were able to salvage after the May 22 tornado in Joplin. Missouri officials on Tuesday reduced the number of missing people from last week's devastating Joplin tornado to 10, a third of the previous day's count. The tornado that hit May 22 was rated an EF-5, or the strongest possible, and was rated the deadliest single twister in the United States since 1947. Sarah Conard /Reuters
Hatter Aparicio Quispe puts the finishing touches on a hat at a shop inside his home in Huarocondo, near Cuzco, Peru. Esteban Felix/AP
An employee of Czech center of national reference laboratories prepares samples of vegetables for molecular testing on EHEC bacteria (bacterium Escherichia coli.) in Brno. Samples of vegetables imported from various countries are tested for E.Coli at the laboratory. David W Cerny/Reuters
Bosnian Muslim women pass by grave stones as they search for their family members buried at this cemetery before a mass funeral in the village of Memici, north ofSarajevo, Bosnia. The remains of eight people were exhumed from mass graves near the Bosnian town of Zvornik and identified by DNA. All 8 victims were buried Wednesday at the memorial cemetery in Memici among 653 victims buried here previous years. Ratko Mladic, extradited to the Netherlands from Serbia on Tuesday after 16 years on the run, will appear in court on Friday, according to a statement issued by the court. Amel Emric/AP
Janean Watkins (l.) and Lakeesha Harris cry after being the first couple to receive their Civil Union license in Chicago. Illinois is the sixth state that allows civil unions or their equivalent. John Gress /Reuters
Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-134) makes its final landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Endeavour touched down at its Florida home base capping a 16-day mission to deliver a premier science experiment to the International Space Station on NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight. Bill Ingalls/NASA/Reuters
Indian tourists ride traditional boats on the Dal Lake, on the outskirts of Srinagar, India. Set in the Himalayas at 5,600 feet (1707 meters) above sea level, Kashmir is a green, saucer-shaped valley full of fruit orchards and surrounded by snowy mountain ranges. About 100 lakes dot its highlands and plains. Dar Yasin/AP
Children of migrant workers look out from backstage as they wait for their performance during the International Children's Day celebration at a kindergarten in Kunming, Yunnan province. Wong Campion/Reuters
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A local resident fishes, with the under-construction Olympic Park in Imeretinskaya Valley seen in the background, in the Russian Black sea town of Sochi. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Denis Sinyakov /Reuters
Inflatable humpback whales are taken a stroll on the foreshore of the harbor in Sydney during a launch of the annual whale watching season. The 2011 whale migration is expected to see around 4,000 whales pass by the city, the largest amount in decades. Rick Rycroft/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.