A protester is silhouetted behind a Syrian flag during a demonstration against President Bashar Al-Assad in front of the Syrian embassy in Amman, Jordan. Majed Jaber/Reuters
Turkish soldiers stand on the border as a group of Syrians wait inside Syria for authorization to enter Turkey near the Turkish village of Guvecci. Turkey said Wednesday it would open the border to Syrians fleeing violence. Burhan Ozbilici/AP
A fisherman ties his traps to his boat before heading out to fish off the coast of the western fishing village of Malkiya, Bahrain. Hasan Jamali/AP
Chinese passengers play cards as they wait at Carrasco Airport in Montevideo, Uruguay, where flights were canceled due to a volcanic ash cloud that is grounding most air travel. The wind carried volcanic ash to the area from the Chilean Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano which erupted Saturday, resulting in the closing of six airports and the cancellation of flights. Matilde Campodonico/AP
A US Marine heads out to pick up food supplies after they were dropped by small parachutes from a plane outside Forward Operating Base Edi in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan. The smoke in the background comes from the burning parachutes the Marines destroyed after they reached the ground. Anja Niedringhaus/AP
Students throw their teacher in the air after finishing their national college entrance exams in southwest China's Chongqing municipality on Wednesday. More than nine million high school students took the exams this year. AP
A policeman helps Larry, the Downing Street cat, into Number 10 Downing Street, the residence of British Prime Minister David Cameron in London. The four-year-old tabby came from London's Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/AP
Emily Demgen, 93, poses for photos at the Richard I Bong Historical Center, in Superior, Wis., with the Red Cross uniform that she wore during World War II. Demgen was a Red Cross volunteer in Milwaukee and Chicago during the war. She came to museum as part of an open house for veterans. Paul M. Walsh/The Country Today/AP
Master of Hounds, (l.), looks at his neighbor, Viscount Nelson, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Master of Hounds, trained in Ireland, is entered in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Mark Lennihan/AP
An Afghan man prays as he sits in a field in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP
A young Muslim boy waits his turn to offer rose petals at the Shrine of Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Awlia in New Delhi. Altaf Qadri/AP
Office workers cast shadows as they walk on a busy street in central Sydney, Australia. Daniel Munoz/Reuters
Pilgrims make their way to the shrine of El Rocio during the annual pilgrimage in which hundreds of thousands of devotees of the Virgin del Rocio converge in and around the shrine in Villamanrique, Spain. Miguel Angel Morenatti/AP
Suspects are lined up as weapons are displayed to the media by the Mexican Navy in Mexico City. According to the Mexican Navy, 204 rifles, 11 guns, 15 hand grenades, uniforms of the Mexican Navy and of the US Army, more than 29,000 cartridges, and more than 441 pounds of cocaine were seized in an operation against the Zetas drug cartel in Coahuila and Nuevo Leon in the north of Mexico. Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters
Chinese movie star Gao Yuanyuan poses in a gown made of lettuce and cabbage leaves during an event organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia in Beijing Wednesday. According to the organizers, the aim of the event is to encourage people to quit meat and adopt a healthy and animal-friendly vegetarian diet. Petar Kujundzic/Reuters
A man leaves Karachi's China Creek after tying his boat in Pakistan. Athar Hussain/Reuters
A Chelsea Pensioner takes a photograph during a Founder's Day ceremony at the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Paul Hackett/Reuters
Elderly women sell clothes outside a supermarket to earn money in Minsk, Belarus. Belarus has asked the International Monetary Fund for a loan of up to $8 billion to stabilize its plummeting economy, as it struggles to manage the country's most severe financial crisis since the Soviet collapse. Sergei Grits/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.