China's Li Na return the ball to Italy's Francesca Schiavone during their women's final match for the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday June 4. Li Na became the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam event. Lionel Cironneau/AP
A column of smoke and ashes comes out from the Puyehue volcano, some 1,100 kilometers south of Santiago, Chile, Saturday. Authorities have evacuated about 600 people living nearby the volcano. There have been no reports of injuries. Martin Iniguez/AP
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (l) walks from an Osprey aircraft after landing at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Dwyer, in Afghanistan, Sunday. Gates is beginning two days of farewell visits to remote U.S. troop bases in Afghanistan. Jason Reed/AP
Indigenous people stand in line to vote in Peru's presidential runoff election, at a polling station in Ollantaytambo, Cuzco, Peru, Sunday. Esteban Felix/AP
A Park Police officer directs a man to the exit while a group of protesters dance at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington Saturday. The dancing protesters forced the temporary closure of the monument. The demonstrators were challenging a recent federal appeals court decision that upheld a ban on dancing inside the memorial. Alex Brandon/AP
An anti-government protester is thrown in to the air by others while celebrating President Ali Abdullah Saleh's departure to Saudi Arabia, in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday. Hani Mohammed/AP
Mexican army soldiers guard the perimeter around the regional Attorney General's office after the early morning arrest of former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rohn in the city of Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday. Hank Rhon, one of Mexico's most flamboyant businessmen and politicians, has been detained on suspicion of illegal weapons possession, the federal Attorney General's Office has announced. Francisco Vega/AP
A man relaxes during a break in the program of the German Evangelical Church Congress in Dresden, Saturday. The church congress (Kirchentag) is held every two years for five days and attracts between 100 and 200 thousand visitors celebrating and debating about their Christian faith. Thomas Peter/Reuters
An owner celebrates as her two dogs ride on one board during the Loews Surf Dog Competition in Imperial Beach, California, Saturday. Denis Poroy/Reuters
Andrea Maurer competes in the watermelon eating contest at the 27th annual Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-off Sunday in Orange County, California. Each year the event attracts about 40,000 people from all around the area. Michael Goulding/The Orange County Register/AP
Wayuu women stand before dancing the "Yonna" (a traditional dance) at the Wayuu Cultural Festival, Saturday, in Uribia, Colombia. The annual event showcases the culture of Wayuu people through traditional music, ancestral rituals, handicrafts and forums. Joaquin Sarmiento/Reuters
Rebel fighters patrol in the desert south of the Libyan rebel-held town of Chakchuk in the Western Mountains, some 100 miles southwest of Tripoli, Saturday. Youssef Boudlal/Reuters
A fork of lightning strikes a mountain during a thunderstorm near the town of Barr south of Strasbourg, France, Friday. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
James Tate pins his boutonniere as Sonali Rodrigues holds a bouquet of flowers outside her house in Shelton, Conn. on Saturday. Tate and Rodrigues were allowed to attend the Shelton High School Prom after Tate's unconventional prom proposal got him temporarily banned from the event. Lindsay Niegelberg/The Connecticut Post/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.