Female antigovernment protestors pray during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa,Yemen. Defying a deadly government crackdown, tens of thousands of protesters have poured into the streets. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland carry the coffin of their colleague Ronan Kerr to a funeral mass at the Church of Immaculate Conception in Beragh, Northern Ireland. Government and church leaders from across Ireland joined several thousand mourners for the funeral of the Catholic policeman slain by IRA dissidents – a rare killing that has highlighted the dramatic social changes of Northern Ireland's peace process. Peter Morrison/AP
Pakistani farmers harvest wheat in the suburbs of Hyderabad, Pakistan. According to an official of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, wheat production this year is expected to be affected by a shortage of fertilizer and water. Pervez Masih/AP
A mother and her child attend a memorial service held at a local church in Harare, Zimbabwe, to remember those killed during Zimbabwe's election violence. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
A Libyan rebel fighter stands next to a pickup truck on which the rebels have mounted a rocket launcher, normally used on a helicopter, near Brega, Libya. NATO rejected criticism from Libyan rebels over the pace of its military campaign in Libya, saying that its airstrikes against Muammar Qaddafi's forces are increasing every day. Ben Curtis/AP
Mirano Suzuki talks with her mother, Yasuko, on her first day of school at the Shimizu Elementary School in Fukushima, northern Japan. More than 70 schools began their regular classes in the city of Fukushima, more than three weeks after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on March 11. Suzuki's family were evacuated from their house, located 3 miles from the Fukushima nuclear reactor. Carlos Barria/Reuters
In a seminary in the northeastern city of Mashhad, Iran, Iranian clerics gather to condemn the crackdown on the Bahraini opposition and to denounce Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia for putting down the antigovernment protests in the Gulf kingdom. Sadegh Zabbah/AP
President Obama shakes hands with a young boy as he greets people on the tarmac during his arrival at Philadelphia International Airport. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Workers remove notes from the cracks in the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City. As the Jewish holiday of Passover draws near, workers cleaned out the cracks to make room for more paper notes that Jews believe are notes to God. Darren Whiteside/Reuters
Children arrive Tuesday at a transit camp in Zorgowee, Liberia, for refugees who fled the postelection violence in Ivory Coast. More than 125,000 Ivorians have fled to Liberia, while 7,000 have crossed into Ghana, 1,700 into Togo, and about 1,000 into Guinea, according to the UNHCR. Benoit Matsha-Carpentier/Reuters
An ornithologist holds a stork before setting it free on the great Hungarian plains in Hortobagy, Hungary. Every year, employees of Budapest Zoo capture storks that are too young to make the journey south to Africa before the onset of winter in order to help them survive the cold months before setting them free in warmer weather. Bernadett Szabo/Reuters
A Lebanese protester whose relative is a prisoner, clashes with riot policemen who guard the main entrance of the compound of the central Roumieh prison, in Roumieh, Lebanon. Lebanese security officials say police have stormed the country's largest prison to halt a day-long riot by the inmates, and that two prisoners died during the operation. The rioting started on Saturday by prisoners demanding improved conditions. They later set a fire inside one of the prison buildings. Bilal Hussein/AP
Greens/European Free Alliance French members hold crossed nuclear signs and others with wind turbines at the beginning of a debate on the implications of Japan's Fukushima disaster on nuclear safety in Europe during a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Vincent Kessler/Reuters
Elizabeth Joliffe, age 1, plays amongst some daffodils at Maidenhead, in southern England. It was predicted to be the warmest day of the year so far in Britain, local media reported. Eddie Keogh/Reuters
Bob Mason from Pinebluff, N.C., left, holds a flag and John Oltsevig, from Carthage, N.C., holds a sign during an Americans for Prosperity 'Cut Spending Now' rally on Capitol Hill in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP
A man unwraps a painting called 'Silvio & Ruby' made with plastic bags and scotch tape by Israeli artist Dodi Reifenberg at the Edward Cutler gallery in Milan, Italy. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's trial on charges of paying for sex with underaged prostitute Karima El Mahroug, also known as Ruby 'Rubacuori,' opened today and was immediately adjourned until May 31. Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters
Mourners react as they gather around the coffin of Israeli-Palestinian actor, director, filmmaker and political activist Juliano Mer-Khamis, during his wake in Haifa, northern Israel. Mer-Khamis was gunned down Monday in the West Bank town where he ran a drama school and community theater, and was laid to rest today in a kibbutz in northern Israel. Ariel Schalit/AP
Soldiers loyal to Alassane Ouattara prepare to deploy at a checkpoint at one of the principal entrances to Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Rebecca Blackwell/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.