Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd from the popemobile as he arrives for the celebration of the Eucharist at the Olympic stadium in Berlin. The Pope urged the faithful not to leave the Roman Catholic Church as he began a four-day visit to Germany, where record numbers have quit the pews in protest against clerical sex abuse of youths. Max Rossi/Reuters
Pakistanis cross a narrow path surrounded by floodwater on the outskirts of Hyderabad, Pakistan. In Pakistan's Sindh province alone, the floods have displaced more than 1.8 million people, according to the United Nations. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Minnesota Twins center fielder Ben Revere, (c.), flies over shortstop Trevor Plouffe as second baseman Brian Dinkelman prepares to throw. The three converged unsuccessfully on a shallow pop fly in the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners in Minneapolis. Jim Mone/AP
A dew-laden spider web adorns a fence as a horse grazes in a pasture near Glencoe, Ky. Ed Reinke/AP
A Red Bull Formula One mechanic sits on tires in the paddock at the Marina Bay street circuit of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix. Edgar Su/Reuters
People wearing masks of, from left, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei protest outside the UN headquarters in New York. Thousands of supporters of the main Iranian opposition, the Mujahedin-e Khalq, protested against Ahmadinejad's visit. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
Models walk with dogs as the animals present creations by designers Karen Reichardt and Mariela Schiavo during Trendation fashion week in Buenos Aires. Enrique Marcarian/Reuters
A vendor sells spices on a street in Srinagar, Indian-Administered Kashmir. Fayaz Kabli/Reuters
A cyclist rides though a gap in traffic during the World Car Free Day in Madrid. World Car-Free Day is marked annually and organizers encourage people to walk, bike, use mass transit, work from home or find other alternatives to cars. Paul White/AP
Exiled Tibetan monks wearing yellow hats of the Gelug sect perform ritual prayers during the opening ceremony of a meeting of the leaders of the four Tibetan Buddhist sects and pre-Buddhism Bon in Dharmsala, India. Ashwini Bhatia/AP
Namibia's Danie Dames, (l.), fails to prevent South Africa Springboks' Bryan Habana from scoring a try during their Rugby World Cup Pool D match at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Bogdan Cristel/Reuters
US soldiers from Task Force 'No Fear' Alpha Co. 2-27 Infantry 'The Wolfhounds' fire a 120mm mortar at an enemy position from Combat Outpost Pirtle King in Ghaziabad district in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan. Erik De Castro/Reuters
A member of paramilitary Basij, wearing Turkmen traditional dress, flashes a victory sign as he takes part in a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war in Tehran, Iran. Reuters
Cyclists carry their bicycles as they participate in World Car-Free Day in Brasilia, Brazil. The movement, whereby participants switch from using cars to bicycles, aims to raise awareness on environmental problems caused by heavy usage of cars in urban areas and to promote bicycles as a cleaner and more sustainable mode of transport. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters
A view of ongoing construction at the Olympiyskiy national stadium, which will host the final soccer match of Euro 2012, in Kiev, Ukraine. The stadium will open in October. Efrem Lukatsky/AP
Fischer's Lovebirds stand in a bird cage at Pairi Daiza, a zoo and botanical garden, in Brugelette Belgium. Yves Herman/Reuters
Brussels' garbage men wave trade union flags as they block a major intersection in Brussels to protest against possible job losses and austerity measures. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP
A worker paints the memorial statue to those who died in the 1917 Bolshevik revolution in preparation for the 234th anniversary of the founding of Stavropol, Russia. Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters
A spectator wearing reflective sunglasses watches the game between Portugal's Frederico Gil and Italy's Alessandro GIannessi in the third round of the singles at the BRD Nastase Tiriac ATP Tennis Trophy in Bucharest, Romania. Vadim Ghirda/AP
Fog covers the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River in New York. The statue will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Oct. 28, and will close on Oct. 29 for one year for renovations on its interior. 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.