A three-year-old boy holds a flower to give to US Senator John McCain before his visit to an HIV/AIDS hospice, founded by a member of National League for Democracy (NLD) party, in Yangon, Myanmar. McCain is in the country on an official visit to strengthen bilateral relations and is expected to meet pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters
Bangladeshi farmers look at dhols, containers made of cane, to store their harvest, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi government announced they will start procurement of rice from the domestic market to ensure food security from Sunday, according to news reports. Pavel Rahman/AP
People walk past storm damage a day after a tornado struck in Springfield, Mass. Residents of 19 communities in central and western Massachusetts woke to widespread damage Thursday, a day after at least two late-afternoon tornadoes shocked emergency officials with their suddenness and violence and caused the state's first tornado-related deaths in 16 years. Jessica Hill/AP
A damaged statue sits outside a partially demolished art studio with the words 'illegal power and water cut' written by an artist on its wall at the Black Bridge Art District in Beijing. Artists were forced to abandon their studios last year after local authorities cut off power and water to forcefully evict them and make way for urban redevelopment. Real estate is one of the big drivers of China's runaway growth in recent decades, and land sales shot up rapidly, the government said in January this year. Andy Wong/AP
An Indian Hindu priest rotates a traditional oil lamp as he performs prayers on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad, India. Allahabad is an important Hindu pilgrimage center and a popular tourist destination. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Marion Bartoli of France returns the ball to Francesca Schiavone of Italy during their semi-final match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Vincent Kessler/Reuters
A trader works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Seth Wenig/AP
A Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) spreads its wings while sitting on the arm of a handler at Xcaret's ecological park in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The park has entered into the Guinness World Records for having the biggest number of endangered macaws born in captivity in the same place over one year. A total of 105 Scarlet Macaws and Green Macaws (Ara militaris) have been born in captivity at the park since 2009. Victor Ruiz Garcia /Reuters
A man rests in front of a pile of watermelons in his shop at a local fruit market in Kathmandu. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
A visitor poses with artist James Hugonin's 'Binary Rhythm (I)' at the press view of the Summer Exhibition 2011 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Luke MacGregor /Reuters
Students collect rubbish early in the morning from Clifton beach in Karachi, Pakistan, during a cleaning campaign by the city government. Athar Hussain /Reuters
Red Cross nurses march during a military parade to celebrate Italy's 150th anniversary of unification, in Rome. Tony Gentile/Reuters
A model wears a creation by student designer Paul Stafford during the Royal College of Art catwalk fashion show in London. Luke MacGregor /Reuters
In a picture released June 2, a new government-made housing project (r.) is seen from the top of Las Mayas slum in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 24. Despite being in power for 12 years, President Hugo Chavez has failed to fix Venezuela's housing shortfall -- currently at 2 million units. That, say critics, demonstrates the failure of socialism in Venezuela. Not surprisingly, Chavez has sought to take the initiative with a new 'Grand Housing Mission' -- his eighth such construction plan -- aiming to build 2 million new units by 2017 with funds available from higher global oil prices. Jorge Silva/Reuters
Residents look for fish during sunset in the shallow waters of Mogpog town in Marinduque island, south of Manila, in the Philippines. Erik de Castro/Reuters
An Indian roofed turtle stands in the hand of a Thai custom official during a news conference at the customs office in Bangkok, Thailand. Thai customs authorities say 431 turtles and other rare reptiles were stuffed into four suitcases and smuggled into the Bangkok airport. Apichart Weerawong/AP
An electrician installs a fan in a tent where India's yoga guru Swami Ramdev is scheduled to start his fast at the Ramlila ground in New Delhi. The government suffered a fresh blow on Thursday in containing growing anger over corruption from millions of voters as leading civil activist Anna Hazare joined forces with influential yoga guru Ramdev in a 'fast-until-death' against graft. B Mathur/Reuters
David Phan from Boulder, Colo., celebrates after spelling his word correctly during the semifinals of the National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md. Jacquelyn Martin/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.