Farmers block railway tracks during a protest in Karchana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Hundreds of stone-hurling farmers protested against the takeover of their land for two proposed power plants. Jitendra Prakash/Reuters
Norway's Tora Berger competes during the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint race at the Biathlon World Cup at a ski resort in Anterselva, Italy. Berger won the race ahead of Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina and Olga Zaitseva of Russia. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
Ecuadorean bullfighters protest outside the Monumental bullfighting ring in Quito. President Rafael Correa's government proposed a referendum call to ban bullfighting in Ecuador. Guillermo Granja/Reuters
A Delta IV Heavy Launch Vehicle launches from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Thursday. The largest rocket ever to launch from the west coast of the US carried a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. The photograph was shot from the ocean looking back at the launch pad. Chris Ghormley/USAF/Reuters
A Thai boy gathers with others to offer prayers at Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok for good health for Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej and to honor his recent birthday. King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the longest reigning monarch in the world. David Longstreath/AP
Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to Julia Goerges of Germany during their match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Yuriko Nakao/Reuters
A Continental Airlines jet takes off from Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport as the moon sets at dawn. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Protesters stand atop a police vehicle in front of the Prime Minister's office during a demonstration in downtown Tunis, Tunisia, to begin three days of mourning for the dozens of people killed during the overthrow of president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters
Newlyweds Sergiy and Irina kiss as they cross the Bridge of Love in Kiev, Ukraine. Loving couples express their feelings by putting padlocks and ribbons on the railings. Efrem Lukatsky/AP
Newly-recruited soldiers of the People's Liberation Army take part in a training session in Yichun, northeast of Beijing. Some 150 newly recruited soldiers participated in the training session. Wang Zhifu/Xinhua/AP
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (l.) shakes hands with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during their meeting in Moscow's Kremlin. Maxim Shipenkov/Pool/AP
Afghan horsemen compete for a headless goat carcass during a traditional game of Buzkashi in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ahmad Massoud/AP
Diego Penaloza, from Mexico City, catches snowflakes on his tongue during a visit to Times Square, in New York. The area is expected to get up to 6 inches of snow. Mark Lennihan/AP
Christian Niccum (l.) and Jayson Terdiman of the US start in the ice channel during the doubles luge World Cup qualification sprint race in Altenberg, Germa. They placed 4th. Jens Meyer/AP
An Afghan asylum seeker holding a child stands in front of riot policemen during a demonstration outside the Greek parliament in Athens. An estimated half a million illegal immigrants and asylum seekers live in Greece. John Kolesidis/Reuters
Models pose during Dutch fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck's men's fall-winter 2011/2012 fashion collection presented in Paris. Jacques Brinon/AP
Pakistani protesters raise their hands during a rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, to protest against any attempt to modify the blasphemy law that stipulates death for those insulting Islam. Islamic extremists rallied in support of Mumtaz Qadri, the confessed killer of a liberal Pakistani governor, and protested Pope Benedict XVI for urging the scrapping of blasphemy laws. B.K.Bangash/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.