A child is seen in front of burning tyres during a protest called by Nepalese students against the Nepal Oil Corporation decision to raise prices on major petroleum products, including petrol, diesel, kerosene, and LPG in Kathmandu. The government on Wednesday hiked petroleum prices by an average of over 11 percent, burdening the general public with biggest-ever oil price hike in monetary terms in recent history, according to local media reports. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
Marty Rhymes waits for Texas governor Rick Perry in a hotel lobby in North Charleston, South Carolina. Eric Thayer /Reuters
Ukrainians dance during celebration to mark the Epiphany in Kiev, Ukraine. Orthodox believers celebrate the holiday of the Epiphany on Jan. 19, and traditionally bathe in holes cut through thick ice on rivers and ponds to cleanse themselves with water deemed holy for the day. Sergei Chuzavkov/AP
The head of the NGO 'S.O.S Rescate Fauna Marina' Richard Tesore takes a bath with a 15-day-old male baby seal (Arctocephalus australis) in the sea before feeding it near the sea side resort of Piriapolis, about 50 miles east of Montevideo on Jan. 18. Andres Stapff /Reuters
A shopper takes a photo at a shopping mall decorated for the upcoming Chinese New Year, with office tower Two IFC in the background in Hong Kong. A Reuters poll showed on Thursday Hong Kong's economy is expected to grow by 3.0 percent in 2012 and by just 1.2 percent in the first quarter, far from the 4.0 predicted in the previous poll. Bobby Yip/Reuters
Natalia Solache takes photos of her friends in front of the 'Egyptian Theatre' the night before the first day of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Jim Urquhart/Reuters
Supporters of US Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney casts shadows on a flag at a campaign rally in Irmo, South Carolina. Jim Young/Reuters
Arisman Pongruengrong, a prominent 'red shirt' leader charged with terrorism, invading parliament and theft of military ammunition, prays at the Samphanthawong temple as he enters monkhood in Bangkok. Pongruengrong, who is also a popular singer, entered monkhood on Thursday after being released on bail by the court last month. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
African Penguins at Boulders Beach on the outskirts of the city of Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday. African penguins diet consists of pilchards, anchovies and squid, their nesting peaks around March to May, with females laying up to two eggs in this time. Schalk van Zuydam/AP
Latvia's team Oskars Melbardis (l.) and Daumants Dreiskens speed down the horse shoe bend at the natural ice track during a training session of the two-man competition at the Bobsleigh World Cup tournament in the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
A structure, which according to TEPCO is the small diameter plumbing tube or wireway, in the interior of the containment vessel of No. 2 reactor of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, is seen in this handout photo. Tepco looked inside the containment vessel of the No. 2 reactor, using an Olympus endoscope for the first time after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Tokyo Electric Power Co./Handout/Reuters
Novak Djokovic of Serbia drops his racquet as he reacts after losing a point to Santiago Giraldo of Colombia during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Tim Wimborne/Reuters
India's Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels as they rehearse for the 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony in New Delhi. The ceremony symbolises retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations. It is held every year on Jan. 29. B Mathur/Reuters
Ethiopian Orthodox Christian pilgrims walk towards the baptismal site known as Qasr el-Yahud on the banks of the Jordan River to take part in a ceremony, near the West Bank city of Jericho. Orthodox Christians flocked to the Jordan River on Thursday to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany at the traditional site where it is believed John the Baptist baptised Jesus Christ. onen Zvulun/Reuters
A monkey eats leftovers from a dustbin on a snow covered field near ski resort Gulmarg, about 30 miles from Srinagar. Officials say food and fuel supplies to the Kashmir valley have stopped after heavy snowfall blocked the only road to the disputed Himalayan region from India. Dar Yasin/AP
German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler is reflected in a glass barrier as he addresses the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
A baby is baptized during a mass baptism ceremony in Tbilisi. More than 500 children were baptized by the Georgian Orthodox church during the 21st mass baptism ceremony at the country's main cathedral Holy Trinity. David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters
Pigs stick their noses through a gate in the animal pavilion at the Green Week Agriculture and Food fair in Berlin. The annual exhibition of foodstuffs and agricultural products is one of the world's largest of its kind. It opens its doors to the public on Jan. 20. Thomas Peter/Reuters
Visitors walk toward an entrance below red lantern decorations for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple in Hefei, Anhui province. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on Jan. 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. Reuters
An unemployed homeless Roma woman hangs her laundry in front of an abandoned building in Prague. The unemployment rate in the Czech Republic is reported at 8.6 percent and expected to rise in 2012, according to the Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. David W. Cerny /Reuters
Egyptian police prevent an anti-Mubarak protester from coming close to the police academy where former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is on trial in Cairo. Suhaib Salem/Reuters
A young passenger waits to board a train at Shanghai Railway Station, as millions of Chinese head home to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year, in Shanghai, China. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
Cambodia's former King Norodom Sihanouk greets his government officers before boarding an airplane at Phnom Penh International Airport in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Cambodia's royal family traveled together to China for medical checkups. King Norodom Sihamoni accompanied his mother and his father, the former king Norodom Sihanouk, to Beijing on Thursday for what family members called routine medical visits. Heng Sinith/AP
Turkish author and human rights activist Adalet Agaoglu leans over a poster of the late Turkish-Armenian journalist, Hrant Dink outside the Agos newspaper building. A man was sentenced to life in prison in Turkey on Tuesday for the 2007 killing of the prominent journalist in a verdict that drew criticism from rights groups for failing to explore alleged complicity of state officials. Dink was the editor of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos. He had angered Turkish nationalists with articles on a Turkish 'genocide' of Christian Armenians in 1915, which the Turkish state strenuously denies. Murad Sezer/Reuters
Anti-regime protesters gesture during a rally to greet Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakul Karman, upon her arrival in Sanaa from a foreign trip. Protest leader and activist Karman shared the $1.5 million Nobel prize with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa's first freely elected female head of state, and her compatriot Leymah Gbowee, who led a 'sex strike' among her efforts against Liberia's civil war. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
The Houses of Parliament are seen in early morning mist in central London. Stefan Wermuth/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.