Afghan children study the Koran at a shop along a street in Kabul. Omar Sobhani/Reuters
A view of the city skyline from the Shanghai Financial Center building, China. The world's population will reach seven billion on October 31, 2011, according to projections by the United Nations. Carlos Barria/Reuters
A Indian man dresses up as a monkey god Hanuman to participate in a procession as part of Hindu festival of the Hanuman Jayanti in Allahabad, India. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Police remove an Occupy Oakland camper from Snow Park in Oakland, Calif. Police in riot gear began clearing anti-Wall Street protesters from the plaza in front of Oakland's City Hall where they have been camped out for about two weeks. Noah Berger/San Francisco Chronicle/AP
The European Union flag flutters in the wind with the ancient Parthenon temple, seen in the background, at the Acropolis Hill, in Athens. Prime Minister George Papandreou called for unity across Greece's political spectrum as European officials struggled to come up with a definitive solution to Greece's debt woes and prevent it from dragging down other EU nations. Petros Giannakouris/AP
Rescue workers carry a baby from a collapsed building in Ercis, near the eastern Turkish city of Van. A 14-day-old baby was rescued alive from the rubble of a collapsed building, 46 hours after an earthquake struck southeast Turkey, a Reuters Television journalist said. Reuters
An Indian policeman keeps guard from a bunker after a grenade blast in a market in Srinagar. At least three policemen were injured after suspected militants lobbed two grenades on security bunkers at two different locations in Srinagar, police said. Danish Ismail/Reuters
A police officer performs the usual security detail outside the official London residence of the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, No. 10 Downing Street as it is turned pink using special lighting in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lewis Whyld/AP
Children light candles ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Allahabad, India. For Diwali, the Festival of Lights, Hindus light lamps to signify the victory of good over evil. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Guests gather in front of models presenting creations for the NE TIGER Couture 2012 collection, to the theme of 'Tang Dynasty,' after China Fashion Week in Beijing, China. Andy Wong/AP
Gentoo Penguins bob for apples as a Halloween treat at the London Aquarium. Gentoo penguins are the third largest of the 17 species of penguin, after the Emperor Penguin and King Penguin. Dominic Lipinski/AP
Residents evacuate from their flooded town, north of Bangkok. Thailand announced a five-day holiday to give people to the chance to escape floods closing in on Bangkok as authorities ordered the immediate evacuation of a housing estate on the outskirts of the city after a protection wall gave way. Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters
A red deer stag shakes water off its fur during the rutting season at the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig, Scotland. Russell Cheyne/Reuters
A supporter grasps a sprig of oak leaves after listening to Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) president Inigo Urkullu address a meeting in front of the Oak of Guernica at the Casa de Juntas in Guernica, Spain. Vincent West/Reuters
A small dog plays with a ball amongst fallen autumn leaves in a park on a sunny day in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Sergei Grits/AP
Men squat at a cemetery while attending the funeral of a man, killed during an earthquake, in Ercis. Rescue workers dug deeper into collapsed buildings in a battle against time to find survivors from an earthquake in southeast Turkey that killed at least 366 people and made tens of thousands homeless. Morteza Nikoubazl/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.