Female members of the Ugandan police march as part of the International Women's Day celebrations at Kololo Airstrip, in Kampala, Uganda. The head of the new United Nations women's agency said there has been 'remarkable progress' since International Women's Day was first celebrated a century ago, but gender equality remains a distant goal because women still suffer widespread discrimination and lack political and economic clout. Ronald Kabuubi/AP
A man in a panda costume walks alongside a businessman in Tokyo. Shizuo Kambayashi/AP
Dancers from the Uniao da Ilha samba school ride a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro Monday night. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Men who used to work in Libya but recently fled the unrest warm themselves beside a fire as they wait for a bus in order to be repatriated to their countries from this refugee camp at the Tunisian-Libyan border, in Ras Ajdir, Tunisia. Emilio Morenatt/AP
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, (l.) and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner cast shadows during a news conference after talks in Berlin. Geithner is on a one-day visit to Germany to discuss global economic and financial issues as well as sanctions against Libya and Iran. Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
Britain's Prince William watches as Kate Middleton flips a pancake at a display by the charity Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children outside City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Police kept watch from the rooftops for a visit that brought the center of Belfast to a standstill. The crowd around the couple swelled to several hundred as shoppers realized something special was happening. Peter Morrison/AP
Muslim schoolgirls from St. Maaz High School practice Vietnam Vovinam martial arts inside the school compound in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. Girls from ages 10 to 16 participate in weekly sessions of self-defense during the school term. Krishnendu Halder/Reuters
DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, (l.) and Charlie Batch, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, walk to negotiations with the NFL involving a federal mediator in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP
A trader salvages a crate of soda as fire engulfs the Deep Sea slum in the Parklands area of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, displacing thousands of residents. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
Member of the European Parliament Licia Ronzulli of Italy holds her baby as she takes part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, to mark International Women's Day. Vincent Kessler/Reuters
In this photo released by the Israeli Government Press Office, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli soldiers look through binoculars towards Jordan during a tour of the Jordan Valley, a strip of West Bank land along the border with Jordan. Netanyahu declared today that his country must retain the Jordan Valley, a strategic section of the West Bank, under any future peace deal, a position unlikely to win Palestinians over to his reported plan to offer them a temporary state. Moshe Milner/GPO/AP
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates looks out of the window of a Black Hawk helicopter as he flies over Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. Gates got a first-hand look at US military progress in the most hotly contested areas of southern Afghanistan. Mandel Ngan/AP
A model presents a creation by French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as part of his fall-winter 2011/2012 women's ready-to-wear fashion collection show during Paris Fashion Week. Benoit Tessier/Reuters
Female supporters of Alassane Ouattara mark International Women's Day with a rally protesting against violence linked to the nation's ongoing political crisis, in the Abobo district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the besieged suburb to protest the killings of at least seven women last week. Soldiers loyal to defiant leader Laurent Gbagbo mowed the women down in a hail of gunfire at an all-female march, prompting a wave of criticism from around the world. Rebecca Blackwell/AP
Employees of Grameen Bank form a human chain in front of their central office after a court upheld an order removing Nobel-laurate Muhammad Yunus as head of the microlending bank he founded, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The removal of Yunus is seen as part of a government vendetta over his political ambitions. Andrew Biraj/Reuters
Chechen children dance for arriving Brazilian soccer players in Grozny airport. Some of Brazil's biggest soccer stars of the past arrived in Chechnya for a friendly game against a team to be led on the pitch by Ramzan Kadyrov, the local strongman of the Russian region. Musa Sadulayev/AP
A spectator, dressed in the national costume, looks on, with fireworks exploding in the background, after a friendly soccer match between team Chechnya, led by Ramzan Kadyrov, and team Brazil, including 1994 and 2002 World Cup champions, in Grozny. Kadyrov, leader of Russia's volatile Chechnya region, will play for a Terek Grozny XI in Tuesday's friendly match against Brazil's 2002 World Cup winners. Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters
US President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac after stepping off Air Force One at Logan International Airport in Boston. Jim Young/Reuters
Members of the 1136th Transportation Company of the Maine National Guard hold roses before being dismissed upon their return home to Augusta, Maine after spending almost a year in Afghanistan. Pat Wellenbach/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.