Demonstrators in Brussels run away from water cannons during a protest by European workers and trade union representatives to demand better job protection in the European Union countries. Tens of thousands of people marched through the city to urge European leaders holding a two-day summit in the Belgian capital to scrap or ease austerity measures, which unions say will slow economic recovery and punish the poor. Eric Vidal/Reuters
A woman holds a baby as a family member collects bottles of mineral water at a food distribution in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, in northern Japan. Tokyo residents were warned not to give babies tap water because of radiation leaking from a nuclear plant crippled in the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeast Japan in the world's costliest natural disaster. Carlos Barria/Reuters
Members of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment ride along The Mall in central London. Toby Melville/Reuters
A mime artist gestures to pedestrians across a red traffic light to show them how to cross the road safely at Sao Paulo's Paulista Avenue in Brazil. Sao Paulo has 7 million vehicles and an average of 650 new ones on the road every day, according to figures from Detran, the state transport authority. Nacho Doce/Reuters
Men on horseback compete in goat dragging, a traditional Central Asian sport, outside the Tajik capital of Dushanbe. Nozim Kalandarov/Reuters
Ryo Taira (r.), and an unidentified man lift a baby porpoise out of a flooded rice field after it was swept inland by the tsunami following the earthquake in Sendai, Japan, in this picture taken Tuesday. Taira found the porpoise struggling in the shallow seawater and, after failing to net it, waded into the field, which had yet to be sown with rice, to cradle the animal in his arms and return it to the sea. Asahi Shimbun/Reuters
A smoke bomb explodes near a Korean Army's KiA1 tank during an exercise at Seungjin Fire Training Field in mountainous Pocheon, South Korea, 20 miles from the Koreas' heavily fortified border. South Korea has staged live-fire drills near the border with North Korea ahead of the first anniversary of a deadly warship sinking blamed on Pyongyang. Dong-A Ilbo/AP
People who fled the unrest in Tunisia stand in line after arriving at the southern Italian island of Lampedusa. Almost 15,000 people have landed in Lampedusa since the beginning of the year, according to Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, exacerbating Italian fears that the upheavals in North Africa could unleash a wave of clandestine arrivals. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
People cross Tai Ping Bridge as they participate in the 'bridge-treading' event in Jushui town of Mianyang, Sichuan Province, China. Participants throw old clothes and coins from the 200-year-old bridge into the water during the traditional annual event to seek happiness and health. Reuters
A rebel guards suspected mercenaries and forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi inside a prison in Benghazi. Suhaib Salem/Reuters
Visitors walk past the Chronoswiss showcase at Baselworld fair in Basel, Switzerland. The world's leading watch and jewelry show runs from March 24 to March 31. Christian Hartmann/Reuters
Passersby watch the World Cup cricket quarterfinal match between India and Australia on a television in a shop in New Delhi. The Australians have won seven of their nine World Cup matches against India, including a 125-run victory in the 2003 final. India hasn't won the World Cup since 1983 and is under huge pressure to perform for the cricket-crazy fans in this nation of more than 1.1 billion people. Manish Swarup/AP
Michal Novotny of the Czech Republic, Alex Pullin of Australia, Alberto Schiavon of Italy, Seth Wescott of the United States and Paul-Henri De le Rue of France, from left, clear a jump during the men's Snowboard-Cross FIS World Cup in Arosa, Switzerland. Alessandro Della Bella/AP
With the Washington Monument in the background, cherry blossom trees began to bloom despite cold temperatures in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin/AP
Two CF-18 fighter pilots with Canadian Forces 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron in Bagotville walk past a C-17 Globemaster III (CC-177) transport plane at the Birgi NATO Airbase in Trapani, Sicily. Canada has deployed six CF-18 fighter jets to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya. Tony Gentile/Reuters
Children of farmers sit in a bus as their parents participate in a protest march in Asuncion, Paraguay. The protesters are demanding that Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo comply with an agreement his government signed to redistribute land among small farmers, according to the farmers' union. Jorge Adorno/Reuters
The Old Guard caisson procession arrives with a casket holding remains of a group of 11 World War II airmen missing in action since 1943 that have been recently identified for burial ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia. Hyungwon Kang/Reuters
A woman carries bread past a wall in the western Shiite Muslim village of Karzakan, Bahrain, with graffiti reading 'our demand is the fall of the unjust regime' beneath pictures of Shiite Bahraini, Iranian and Hezbollah leaders. Protesters in Bahrain have marched through a Shiite village chanting antigovernment slogans despite a ban on public gatherings in the Gulf kingdom, which is now under emergency rule. Hasan Jamali/AP
A model displays a creation by designer Issue during Bangkok Fashion Week in Thailand. Sakchai Lalit/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.