A worker cuts steel bars in a factory on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India. The recent expansion of India’s industrial output has confirmed the country’s economic resilience and supported the case for the Reserve Bank to continue the fight against high inflation. Krishnendu Halder/Reuters
A boy looks at tributes left to commemorate three men who were hit by a car and killed in Birmingham when they tried to stop rioters. British police maintained their presence on Aug. 12 to ensure that weekend drinking did not give way to new bouts of delinquent behavior. Andrew Winning/Reuters
A woman rides a bicycle through an area damaged by March’s tsunami in Kesennuma, north of Japan, where more than 1,400 people were either killed or recorded as missing. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
Muslim women pray in front of the Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount. This year the holy month of Ramadan began on Aug. 1 and will end on Aug. 29. Ammar Awad/Reuters
People watch men compete in a traditional wrestling competition during a folk festival in Didgori, about 37 miles west of Tbilisi, Georgia. David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters
A boy stands near a windblown set of Georgian national flags at a folk festival in Didgori, Georgia. Didgori is famous for the victory of the Georgian king David IV over the army of the Great Seljuq Empire on Aug. 12, 1121. David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony marking opening of the St. Petersburg Flood Prevention Facility Complex, also called the St. Petersburg Dam. The structure is located in the Gulf of Finland, in the Baltic Sea. Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters
Artists perform at the opening ceremony of the 26th Universiade Games at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Schenzhen, China. The events are also referred to as the ‘World University Games’ and the ‘World Student Games.’ Vincent Yu/STF/AP
A man wades through the flooded banks of the Tawi river in Jammu after recovering his belongings from his partially-submerged home. Mukesh Gupta/Reuters
In Havana, Cuba a worker stands next to a photo in which Fidel Castro holds a portrait of himself painted by Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamin. Admirers of Castro celebrate his life and its achievements in anticipation of his 85th birthday on Aug. 13. Javier Galeano/STF/AP
A derelict paper mill is seen through a locked gate in Millinocket, Maine. Because the population of the town has decreased from 7,000 to 5,000 in recent years, the local public school is recruiting exchange students from China to help boost enrollment and revenues. Unfortunately the district will receive only six students instead of the planned 60. Robert F. Bukaty/STF/AP
U.S. Navy sailor John Clark surveys a mock battlefield at Ground Zero Airsoft USA in Plymouth, Conn. Airsoft is a sport in which players simulate battles using lightweight but realistic pellet guns. Sam Cooper/Republican American of Waterbury/AP
France’s Gomis Kafetien competes in the long jump event during the Berlin Flies athletics competition in Germany. Athletes from Germany, France, Russia and the US participated. Thomas Peter/Reuters
Officers of the Interior Ministry detain an activist at a rally titled the ‘Day of Wrath’ in Moscow. The purpose of the rally was to deride Russian authorities for controversial policies. Denis Sinyakov/Reuters
A pair of young boys voice their support for President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen. Saleh has been in Saudi Arabia under the care of medical professionals but will return to his country after acquiring their permission. Jumana El Heloueh/Reuters
Superintendent of Allegheny Cemetary Tom Staresinic points out the gravestone of baseball player Josh Gibson. Despite his beloved status as the ‘Black Babe Ruth,’ Gibson was buried in an unmarked grave in 1984. Andrew Russell/Tribune-Review/AP
Under the cover of a brightly-colored umbrella men talk in a flooded street in Lahore, Pakistan. Mohsin Raza/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.