Pakistani devotees of the famous saint Data Ganj Baksh dance at the opening of the three-day festival at the shrine in Lahore, Pakistan. Thousands of pilgrims arrived from different cities to attend the Urs or the festival. K.M.Chaudary/AP
Chinese women walk under the red lanterns displayed for the upcoming Lunar New Year at a department store in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province. Chinese will celebrate the Lunar New Year on Jan. 23 this year. AP
Traditional dancers with painted faces wait for their turn to perform during Saparan Bekakak festival in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The festival is held annually to provide offering for the deities to assure a prosperous and bountiful year. Gembong Nusantara/AP
Bangladeshi Muslim pilgrims stand on boats and offer prayer on the banks of the River Turag in Tongi, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Pavel Rahman/AP
A masked child looks on behind a window while a carnival procession passes through southwestern Macedonian village of Vevcani. Through the masks, the participants mock actual political events and various pagan rituals. In its fourteen centuries-old tradition, the Vevcani carnival is always held on St. Vasilij's day, marking the beginning of the New Year by the Julian calendar. Boris Grdanoski/AP
A worker loads a truck with crates of oranges at a farm in Limeira. Brazil, the world's top orange juice exporter, will continue to depend on a fungicide that is banned in the United States even though its use jeopardizes exports to the US market. Lawyers for Brazil's juice industry, which exports more than $2 billion worth globally each year, are talking to US officials to try to come up with a solution. Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
An instructor from the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant Ltd. Co, smashes a bottle over a female recruit's head during a training session for China's first female bodyguards in Beijing. According to the company, the training session consists of 20 women, mostly college graduates, who will undergo 8-10 months of training to develop sufficient skills to become security guards. David Gray/Reuters
Anti-government protesters sign their names on a banner to show their support during an anti-government protest held by 'Al Fateh Awakening', in Manama. Hundreds of protesters from the newly formed opposition group Awakening of Fateh Youth Movement, made up mainly of Sunni Muslims, marched towards the main highway where they were stopped by riot police. Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters
Hundreds of customers queue up to purchase a new smartphone iPhone 4S at an Apple Store in Shanghai, China. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
An Ultra-orthodox Jew wears a plastic bag over his hat, against the rain as he walks outside Jerusalem's old city. Bernat Armangue/AP
Senior veterinary surgeon Irina Berezina holds the North American puma cub named Arnaldo during one of his walks after quarantine at the Royev Ruchey Zoo, in the surburb of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Arnaldo was transported to his new home in Krasnoyarsk last month, from the Siberian town of Zelenogorsk where he was born in August 2011. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
Ferrari's Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain skis with a wig on in a race during the 'Wrooom, F1 and MotoGP Press Ski Meeting', Ducati and Ferrari's annual media gathering, in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. Wrooom 2012 Press Office/Reuters
Michael Hambro walks his dog, Kayla, on a snowy road in East Montpelier, Vt. It's finally looking like winter in parts of the Midwest and Northeast that are seeing their first big snowstorm of the season, leaving skiers and snow-reliant businesses giddy. Toby Talbot/AP
People watch a crane dismantling the grounded Maltese-registered cargo ship TK Bremen on Kerminihy beach at Erdeven, western France. The TK Bremen ran aground on Kerminihy beach on the coast of Brittany during the winter storm Joachim on Dec. 16, 2011. Stephane Mahe/Reuters
Pakistani children sit around a fire in a shanty to warm themselves during a cold evening, in a slum in Islamabad, Pakistan. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
A member of the Iranian air force prays during Friday prayers in Tehran. Morteza Nikoubazl/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.