From left: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Chinese President Hu Jintao, and Wu Bangguo, National People's Congress chairman, arrive for a session of the National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People. Wu said the country is determined never to adopt multiparty democracy or other Western-style political reforms that could challenge the Communist Party's grip on power. Vincent Thian/AP
A young woman tries on a wedding dress in an upmarket wedding salon in Grozny, Chechnya. Moscow credits strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov with maintaining a shaky peace and rebuilding Chechnya, devastated by two separatist wars since 1994. Diana Markosian/Reuters
A Christian cleric prays in front of coffins during a mass funeral for seven victims of sectarian clashes, at Samaan el-Kharaz Church in Manshiet Nasr shantytown in eastern Cairo. Thousands of Egyptian Christians attended the emotional funeral service for seven people killed in the worst Christian-Muslim violence since Hosni Mubarak was toppled from power. Thirteen people died and 140 were wounded in the clashes that were touched off by anger among Copts over an arson attack on a church last week. Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
A dog waits to take part in Britain's annual Crufts dog show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England. Simon Dawson/AP
A Bosnian construction worker is silhouetted against the sun as he works on part of the roof of a commercial building construction site in Sarajevo, Bosnia. The Bosnian construction sector, already badly hit by the global economic crisis, is likely to suffer another major set-back due to the unrest in Libya. Libya was the largest foreign market for Bosnian construction companies and according to some estimates, up to 1,000 workers are likely to remain jobless after being evacuated from the African country this week. Amel Emric/AP
US soldiers pray as they attend a memorial service for A1C Zachary Ryan Cuddeback at the US airbase in Ramstein, Germany. Cuddeback, the driver of the bus that was to take 15 England-based airmen to Ramstein Air Base for deployment to Afghanistan, was killed by a gunman at the Frankfurt airport one week ago. Prosecutors say he was shot and killed by a 21-year-old Kosovo Albanian who wanted to kill Americans in revenge for the Afghanistan mission. Michael Probst/AP
Teardrops are seen on the face of a Tibetan protester during a rally against China in Kathmandu, Nepal, on the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
Members of the US men's and women's teams are framed by arena drapes during a training session for the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. The event runs from Friday March 11 until Sunday March 13. Matt Dunham/AP
A prison officer stands guard in a shower room at the prison at Kochubeyevskoy, near the southern Russian city of Stavropol. The prison holds about 1,500 inmates convicted of serious crimes. Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters
The Ohio River floods under the Third Street exit ramp from I-64 in downtown Louisville, Ky., during rush hour. Michael Hayman/The Courier-Journal/AP
Somalian evacuees carry a tent at a refugee camp near the Libyan and Tunisian border crossing of Ras Jdir after fleeing unrest in Libya. Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
US President Barack Obama listens to first lady Michelle Obama speak at the Conference on Bullying Prevention in the East Room at the White House in Washington. Jim Young/Reuters
Russia's Yulia Koltunova and Daria Govor perform during the Women's 10m Syncro Platform final at the European Diving Championship in Turin, Italy. Massimo Pinca/AP
A group of death-penalty opponents stand outside the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility before the execution of Johnnie Baston in Lucasville, Ohio. Baston was the first person to be executed in the United States with a single dose of pentobarbital. David Kohl/AP
The sculpture 'The Dog' from 1951 is pictured in front of the sculpture 'The Chariot' from 1950 during a media preview of an exhibition of late Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) at the Kunsthaus Zurich art museum in Zurich, Switzerland. The exhibition, 'Alberto Giacometti - The Art of Seeing,' which shows some ninety works of the Swiss sculptor, painter and graphic artist, runs from March 11 until May 22, 2011. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
A Yemeni child carried by an anti-government protestor waves his national flag during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen. Yemen's embattled president proposed that the government draw up a new constitution guaranteeing the independence of the parliament and judiciary, but thousands of unsatisfied protesters poured into the streets after his speech to demand his ouster. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Opponents of the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers camp outside the state Assembly chamber in Madison, Wis. In a surprise move, Senate Republicans approved the bill late Wednesday, sending it to the Assembly for a vote on Thursday. Morry Gash/AP
A mourner in Benghazi, Libya, reacts to a coffin containing the body of a rebel killed during clashes with forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. Suhaib Salem/Reuters
People play in front of a wave crashing into Beirut's Corniche, a seaside promenade, as high winds sweep through Lebanon ahead of an impending storm. Jamal Saidi/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.