Riders in the Pro Stock class cross the starting line during the East Coast SnoCross at Rockingham Park, Saturday, in Salem, N.H. Jim Cole/AP
Chinese citizens wait aboard the Palermo Grimaldi ferry in Valletta's harbor in Malta, Saturday, after being evacuated from Benghazi, Libya. Tens of thousands of foreigners have been fleeing Libya this week. Gregorio Borgia/AP
Jessica Gamboa of Los Angeles fills out a job application, as her son Andrew Gamboa plays with his father, Lucano Gamboa, during a community job fair at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Saturday. Jason Redmond/AP
A pro-Qaddafi supporter holds her baby wearing a green mask, the color of the national flag and the Libyan Leader's Green Book, out of a car window for others to see. A pro-regime rally of around 100 supporters took place on Saturday in Green Square, Tripoli, Libya. Ben Curtis/AP
People in wheelchairs attempt a world record for pulling a 67-ton military C-130 cargo plane a distance of 100 yards at Melsbroek airport in Brussels, Saturday. Seventy people attempted to pull the plane in the hopes of setting a world record. Virginia Mayo/AP
A firefighter and a man walk along a damaged road after a landslide triggered by heavy rains destroyed around 100 houses in the neighborhood of Valle de Flores in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday. Juan Karita/AP
Election workers count votes cast for the Irish general election in Castlebar, Ireland, Saturday. The opposition Fine Gael party was poised to lead Ireland's next government, according to an exit poll released Saturday, as Ireland suffered a historic political upheaval after a real estate collapse brought the country to the edge of bankruptcy. Peter Morrison/AP
Lifeguards from El Salvador's Red Cross warm up before entering the ocean to take part in the 'Men's Step' event in La Libertad, El Salvador, Sunday. Lifeguards are required to swim 21 kilometers in the ocean annually to either obtain or renew their lifeguard certification. Edgar Romero/AP
Andreas Kofler of Austria starts a jump during the training run prior to the men's normal hill team competition at the Ski World Championships in Oslo, Norway, on Sunday. Matthias Schrader/AP
A protester with his face painted in the colors of the Libyan flag takes part in an anti-Qaddafi protest in Benghazi, Sunday. Libyans in the rebel-held eastern city of Benghazi were discussing plans for a temporary authority that would help support those challenging Muammar Qaddafi's rule in his stronghold of Tripoli. Suhaib Salem/Reuters
The Rev. Neil Struthers, an Anglican, wipes tears from his eyes as he holds a multidenominational service at the Methodist Union Chapel in Lyttelton, New Zealand, Sunday. Tuesday's magnitude 6.3 earthquake left only one of Lyttelton's five churches undamaged. Mark Baker/AP
A masked reveler is reflected in a mirror in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice, Sunday. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters
Chilean miners, who were trapped in a collapsed mine in San Jose, Chile for 69 days, stand covered with mud on the shore of the Dead Sea near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Shalem, Sunday. The miners are on a week-long visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Baz Ratner/Reuters
Brian Roessler of Madison, Wis., meditates on the floor of the state Capitol in Madison, Sunday. Opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers have occupied the Capitol for 13 days. Andy Manis/AP
Best actor Colin Firth (L), who won for his role in "The King's Speech," watches as his Oscar statue is engraved with his name, at the Governor's Ball at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif., Sunday. Lucas Jackson/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.