A Buddhist monk, offering prayers, walks through the area destroyed by a tsunami in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, in northern Japan. Kyodo News/AP
Members of the Islami Oikyo Jote (Unity Forum) pray as they barricade a highway during a daylong strike in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dozens of people were injured and more than 50 detained as Bangladeshi police clashed with Islamists protesting against a government policy to empower women in the mainly Muslim country, police and witnesses said. Andrew Biraj/Reuters
A Kashmiri boatman rows his shikara, a traditional gondola, as a passenger holds an umbrella to shield himself from rain on the Dal Lake in Srinagar, India-administered Kashmir. Dar Yasin/AP
An elderly man monitors stock prices at the Karachi Stock Exchange in Pakistan. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters
A goose wearing an 'identification card' around its neck walks down a hutong (small alley) next to its owner in central Beijing. The goose is a regular sight in the alley since it goes for a walk each morning with its owner who adopted the stray goose a few years ago. David Gray/Reuters
Motorists pack a road as they return to their homes after a tsunami warning was called off following a magnitude-6.7 earthquake in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia. The strong earthquake prompted authorities to briefly issue a tsunami warning that sent thousands of residents fleeing to higher ground. AP
James Woods of Australia competes Sunday in the ASP TNS Rangiroa Pro Junior surfing competition in Rangiroa, French Polynesia. Kirstin Scholtz/Reuters
Rabbis from England and the United States bury the remains of dozens of Jews, killed by Romanian troops during World War II, in a cemetery in Iasi, Romania. Archaeologists unearthed the mass grave in a forest area near the village of Popricani in November 2010. Bogdan Cristel/Reuters
Devotees carrying chariots participate in the Chariot Festival in Kathmandu, Nepal. The festival is celebrated by the Newar community. People wear colorful hats and carry chariots of the goddesses Kankeshwori, Shankata, and Bhadrakali. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
A woman stands near a United Airlines airplane that made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff at Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner, La. The flight from New Orleans to San Francisco returned to the airport within minutes of taking off after rocking back and forth. Copilot Ronald Lee Young told an Associated Press reporter aboard Flight 497 that he landed on backup systems, with minimal steering and braking ability, after the plane lost all electronics. He said the plane, heavy with fuel, ran off the runway and blew a tire. Patrick Semansky/AP
During a training session, Anna Dementyeva from Russia performs on the horizontal bar prior to the Artistic Gymnastics European Championships in Berlin. The finals will take place from April 8 to April 10. Michael Sohn/AP
An Indian woman, carrying her baby, votes at a polling center in the village of Chotai, India. The first phase of polling takes place Monday in 62 of the 126 constituencies in the northeastern Assam state. Anupam Nath/AP
Elephant calf George walks in line as his mother Karishma holds his tail during an event staged for the media at Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable, England. George joined the herd on their daily walkabout to mark his first birthday, following training by his keepers to ensure that he can walk trunk to tail without wandering off or getting distracted by the busy zoo. Matt Dunham/AP
Hudson Pangan cheers while seated on the shoulders of his mother, Catherine, at a pep rally in support of the Butler University men's basketball team on the school's campus in Indianapolis. Butler faces Connecticut in the NCAA Mens Final tonight in Houston. The Pangans live on the Butler campus in faculty housing and Catherine said she's particularly excited because she is a professor of Butler Bulldog starting guard Ronald Nored. Amy Sancetta/AP
The flag stick sits in the hole on the first green during a practice round for the 2011 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Shaun Best/Reuters
An antigovernment protester flashes the victory sign as he emerges through a gap in Yemen's national flag during a demonstration in Sanaa. Police and armed men in civilian clothes opened fire on antigovernment demonstrators in the Yemeni cities of Taiz and Hudaida today, witnesses said, as a drive to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh gathered pace. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
A child's gas mask and doll are seen inside a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine. The 25th anniversary of the nuclear reactor explosion in Chernobyl, site of the world's worst civil nuclear accident, is on April 26. Gleb Garanich/Reuters
A Colombian amputee soldier, victim of a land mine, walks through a shoe installation marking International Day for Landmine Awareness at Simon Bolivar Square in Bogota, Colombia. As part of the event, more than 9,000 shoes, each bearing the name of a land mine victim, were placed in the main square of the South American capital. Colombia is second to Afghanistan as the nation with the largest number of victims. Fernando Vergara/AP
A duck swims through fallen cherry blossom petals on the Tidal Basin in Washington during the 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Carolyn Kaster/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.