Bahraini Shiite Muslims participate in a religious procession in the Musalla neighborhood of Manama, Bahrain. Afterward, hundreds of the participants headed toward an area that had been the hub of Bahrain's spring uprising and is now a heavily militarized zone that protesters seek to reclaim. Hasan Jamali/AP
A German Bundeswehr soldier puts a Santa Claus hat on top of a Christmas tree during camp day in the ISAF camp in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Thomas Peter/Reuters
A hunter releases his tamed golden eagle during an annual hunting competition outside Almaty, Kazakhstan. Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters
School children perform rituals during a prayer ceremony for the victims of a Kolkata hospital fire, in Jammu, India. A fire swept through a seven-story hospital in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, killing at least 73 people, most of them patients, a senior hospital official said. Mukesh Gupta/Reuters
An Israeli border policeman fires tear gas at Palestinian protesters during a demonstration against the expansion of the nearby Jewish settlement of Halamish in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah. Majdi Mohammed/AP
Members of the next expedition to the International Space Station, US astronaut Donald Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, (C.), and Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers, sit in their spacesuits during the final preflight test inside the Soyuz TMA-03M space craft at Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. AP
Nathan Attis and his girlfriend embrace after his ship, the Royal Navy's largest ship the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean, returned after a seven and a half month deployment, to the Devonport naval base in Plymouth, south western England. Chris Helgren/Reuters
Couples walk together before getting married at a collective Catholic wedding for 97 police officers and their fiancees at the Cathedral in Bogota, Colombia. Every year before Christmas the police organize a mass wedding for officers. Fernando Vergara/AP
Elsie and Euan play chess by candle light following a power cut in Pitlochry, Scotland. Severe weather and high winds battered Scotland leaving thousands without power, causing hundreds of schools to close and causing widespread travel disruption. Russell Cheyne/Reuters
Members of the repainting team sit in front of the Forth Bridge in North Queensferry near Edinburgh, Scotland. Network Rail announced the end of the 10 year refurbishment and repainting of the bridge, on which over 240,000 liters of paint was used. David Moir/Reuters
A City worker walks near St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London. Europe secured an historic agreement to draft a new treaty for deeper economic integration in the euro zone, but Britain, the region's third largest economy, refused to join the other 26 countries in a fiscal union and was isolated. Luke MacGregor/Reuters
Visitors watch sea life in an aquarium at Aquaria KLCC underwater park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Lai Seng Sin/AP
A Pakistani truck owner offer midday prayers between his truck, which are transporting NATO supplies, at a terminal in Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistan closed its two Afghan crossings in Chaman and Torkham, in the northwest Khyber tribal area, almost immediately after NATO aircraft attacked two army posts along the border before dawn on Nov. 26. Fareed Khan/AP
Actors and actresses march in the street carrying luggage to represent that they must move in order to make a living in other places, in Pamplona, northern Spain. They have been lost their jobs because of planned cutbacks against municipal cultural services as European leaders meet at a summit in Brussels to try to save the euro zone, with a major economic crisis suffered by Europe. Alvaro Barrientos/AP
Virginia Tech students Maggie Cashion (L-C) and Kasey Kraft (R-C) pause to remember the Virginia Tech police officer who was killed earlier on campus at Virginia Tech University Blacksburg, Virginia. A gunman ambushed and killed a campus police officer and was later reported to have been found dead on Thursday at Virginia Tech University, the site of one of the worst shooting rampages in US history. Chris Keane/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.