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An Afghan National Army female officer plays with her nephew after her graduation ceremony from the Officer Candidate School at Kabul Military Training Center in Afghanistan. Female officers graduate after a 20-week course that includes computer training, human resource training, English classes, and marksmanship. Mustafa Quraishi/AP
The car carrying Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye is stopped by Ugandan police as observers look on near his home in Kasangati, Uganda. He was placed under house arrest. Ronald Kabuubi/AP
Vera Zvonareva of Russia takes a break during the quarter-final match of the WTA Brussels Open tennis tournament against Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania in Brussels. Francois Lenoir/Reuters
A female peregrine falcon stares at Pennsylvania Game Commission officer Beth Fife on the 40th floor of the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning where the falcon's nest with five chicks is located. Officers from the Pennsylvania Game Commission applied bands to the chicks' legs and then returned them to the nest. The peregrine falcon is on Pennsylvania's endangered species list. Keith Srakocic/AP
Laborers work at the construction site of a commercial complex in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar. Reuters
Mennonite girls stand outside their school in the Valley of Juarez, Mexico. More than 80,000 Mennonites live in Mexico. Mennonites arrange their lives according to their religious beliefs; they have their own educational system and do not participate in the government or serve in the military. Gael Gonzalez/Reuters
Iraqi security forces inspect the scene of a bombing in Kirkuk, Iraq. Twin bombs that appeared timed to lure policemen out of their fortified headquarters killed and wounded dozens of policemen. Emad Matti/AP
Colin Sharpe, (l.), and Anthony Manzella participate in tug of war during Play 60 Field Day in Cleveland. The Cleveland Browns sponsored the event for students from St. Mark School. Tony Dejak/AP
Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits the Irish National Stud, one of Ireland's top horsebreeding centers, with its chair Chryss O'Reilly, near Dublin, Ireland. Reuters
Simone Arrigoni of Italy attempts to set an apnea diving record, pushed by two dolphins named Paco and Marco, in Torvaianica, Italy. Arrigoni completed 13 loops in 1 minute and 53 seconds to set a new record. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
Houston Rocket Yao Ming ducks as he enters Hunters Creek Elementary School with first grade student Jackson Loyd in Houston. Yao was the guest of Loyd whose family purchased the opportunity to bring Yao to school during a charity event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston and SNAP, Spay-Neuter Assistance Program. David J. Phillip/AP
Khalid Akeel organizes mosquito nets to attract customers outside the shop where he works in Taxila, Pakistan. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
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Presidential candidate Ollanta Humala of the Gana Peru party greets supporters as he arrives at the headquarters of Peru's main workers' union in Lima. Humala will face Keiko Fujimori, daughter of Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori, in a runoff election in June. Martin Mejia/AP
French tennis players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (l.), and Richard Gasquet play on the roof-top clay court of a Paris department store ahead of the French Open tennis tournament. Charles Platiau/Reuters
The Berkat family watch a live TV broadcast of US President Barack Obama's speech on events in the Middle East at their home in Islamabad, Pakistan. Nathalie Bardou/AP
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A boy holds a photo of his father who was killed in violent protests last year during antigovernment 'red shirt' rallies in Bangkok. Thousands of protesters gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of the ending of Thailand's worst political violence. Damir Sagolj/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.