A man draped in a Czech flag walks down a street during the state funeral of former Czech President Vaclav Havel in the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague. Havel was the leader of the peaceful anti-communist 'Velvet Revolution.' He died Sunday. Marko Drobnjakovic/AP
Indian children dressed in festive clothing sit on a bench during a Christmas party at a kindergarten on the last day before school holidays in New Delhi. Christmas day is observed as a national holiday for all Indians. Kevin Frayer/AP
A Nepalese man hangs candles to dry in Katmandu, Nepal. The demand for candles has increased after Nepal Electricity Authority extended the power cut to 11 hours a day. Niranjan Shrestha/AP
An anti-government protester approaches police, unseen, with flowers and a national flag in Manama, Bahrain. Security forces in Bahrain have attacked the headquarters of the main Shiite opposition party in the capital with tear gas. Hasan Jamali/AP
A fire eater performs an act called 'Ritual Cyborg,' choreographed by Indonesian artist Sabil, during Jakarta Biennale 2011 art festival in Indonesia. Dita Alangkara/AP
Lawmakers from the opposition LMP party chain themselves together to prevent other lawmakers from entering the parliament building to vote on proposed new electoral and public finance laws in Budapest, Hungary. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
A window cleaner dressed as Santa Claus cleans a window during an event to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday season at a shopping mall in Tokyo. Toru Hanai/Reuters
Orthodox nuns acknowledge a priest during a ceremony bidding farewell to the old year in Kiev, Ukraine. Reuters
Christmas shoppers search for elusive presents along Regent Street in central London during a frenzy of last-minute buying. This is widely expected to be one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Ian Nicholson/PA/AP
An elephant dressed as Santa Claus distributes stuffed toys to students during Christmas celebrations at Jirasart school in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Sukree Sukplang/Reuters
Farmers plant rice in a field in Indrapuri, Aceh province, Indonesia. Heri Juanda/AP
Osamu Ueno of Japan competes at the 2011 US Freestyle Selections at Steamboat Ski Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Nathan W. Armes/Reuters
From left: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former US President Bill Clinton, and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright attend the state funeral of former Czech President Vaclav Havel in the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic. Petr David Josek/Pool/AP
A volunteer pushes a sack of rice on a wheel-cart as relief goods are sorted at the Department of Social Welfare and Development warehouse at Pasay, Philippines. Social workers and volunteers helped pack relief goods which will be sent to some 40,000 evacuees at the flood-hit cities of Cagayan De Oro and Iligan in southern Philippines. A storm left about a thousand people dead. Aaron Favila/AP
Bessie Ewulu has her eyes checked by an optometrist at one of nine temporary regional centers for the homeless, opened during the Christmas season by the charity Crisis, in east London. The centers were opened to provide services over the Christmas holidays. Luke MacGregor/Reuters
A boy holds a crossed out picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a rally against his regime in front of the Syrian embassy in Belgrade, Serbia. Darko Vojinovic/AP
Women compete in a tug-of-war challenge during the concluding ceremony of Khel Mahakumbh, a sports event organised by the Gujarat government in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. More than 200,000 people ages 4 to 75 participated in the event, according to organizers. Amit Dave/Reuters
Two youths practice parkour, also known as free-running, performing somersaults from a wall in the city of Netanya, Israel. Parkour is a method of movement, originally from France, whose practitioners use techniques such as vaulting, rolling, running, climbing and jumping to leap over or move around obstacles. Amir Cohen/Reuters
Christmas lights decorate a neighborhood park in northern Bogota, Colombia. Fernando Vergara/AP
Children dressed as angels arrive to reenact a nativity scene during Christmas celebrations in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dado Ruvic/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.