Yuri Trubachev kisses his wife, Klavdiya, both World War II veterans, as they celebrate Victory Day at a War Museum in Kiev, Ukraine. May 9 is celebrated in former Soviet Republics as victory day over Nazi Germany in World War II. Efrem Lukatsky/AP
An air boat glides along the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Norco, La., which the Army Corps of Engineers partially opened to alleviate pressure on Mississippi River levees. The spillway, which the Corps built about 30 miles upriver from New Orleans in response to the great flood of 1927, diverts water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain. Patrick Semansky/AP
A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, walks near the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India. The Kamakhya temple is dedicated to the Goddess Shakti and is an important pilgrimage site for esoteric Hindu worshippers. Anupam Nath/AP
Antigovernment protesters block the road during clashes with Yemeni security forces in Taiz, Yemen. Witnesses and medics said Yemeni security forces opened fire on protesters in a flashpoint city in the country's south in a bid to break up a day-old sit-in, killing two protesters. Yemen Lens/AP
A worker sets up a giant canvas of the official poster of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, featuring US actress Faye Dunaway, on the facade of the Festival Palace in Cannes, France. The Cannes film festival runs from May 11 to 22. Eric Gaillard /Reuters
Cherry blossoms and dogwood trees are abloom around the Wade Lagoon at University Circle in Cleveland, Ohio. Amy Sancetta/AP
Egyptian Coptic Christians chant angry slogans as they protest the recent attacks on Christians and churches, in front of the state television building in Cairo. A security official says authorities have detained 23 people in connection with recent clashes between Muslims and Christians, including two people suspected of sparking riots over the weekend that left a Cairo church torched and 12 people dead. Khalil Hamra/AP
Graduate Evana Michelsohn adjusts her tassel during commencement exercises at Emory University in Atlanta. In her commencement address, US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano advised Emory University graduates to use their unique talents to serve the common good. David Goldman/AP
Shaven-headed young boys wearing 3-D glasses touch smart phones at SK Telecom Ubiquitous Museum in Seoul, South Korea. A group of children entered the main temple of Korean Buddhism's Chogye Order to experience a monk's life for a month to celebrate Buddha's birthday on May 10. Lee Jin-man/AP
A Filipino girl carries a baby as strong winds blow at a temporary relocation area in Navotas, north of Manila. Tropical storm Aere threatened the Philippines' agricultural north after pummeling the eastern coast and the capital with fierce winds and rain that sparked floods and landslides. Aaron Favila/AP
An orthodox Jewish man observes two minutes of silence during the sound of the siren marking the annual Memorial Day in Jerusalem. The wailing siren brought the country to a standstill as citizens honored fallen soldiers and victims of militant attacks. Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP
A visitor looks at 'Leviathan' by Indian born, British based, artist Anish Kapoor for the Monumenta 2011 event in the Nave of the Grand Palais in Paris. Benoit Tessier/Reuters
A woman sits in the reading room prior to the opening ceremony for the fourth extension building of the German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek) in Leipzig, Germany. The 60-million-euro construction took more than five years to be completed. Jens Meyer/AP
Moldovan soldiers march in front of the Victory Memorial in Chisinau, Moldova. May 9 is celebrated in former Soviet Republics as victory day over Nazi Germany in World War II. John McConnico/AP
Fifteen newly-married couples from China pose for photographers at the Parc des Eaux-vives in front of Lake Geneva, in Geneva. Salvatore Di Nolfi/AP
A woman and her daughter walk among rubble in Zawiyah, west of Tripoli, Libya. The photograph was taken on a guided government tour. Louafi Larbi/Reuters
A large US flag waves as bicycling police officers peddle through downtown Newark, N.J., during the 14th annual Police Unity Tour. The group is making its way from New York to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness of funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. Julio Cortez/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.