University students hold papers leaf to celebrate the Earth Hour at the Great Wall of China, Saturday. Vincent Thian/AP
Tepele Ole Naimando(l.), a Maasai Warrior from the Laikipia region in Kenya, makes a run after playing a shot during a cricket game that forms part of the 'Last Man Stands' championships in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday. Schalk van Zuydam/AP
People hold party flags as they wait for Aung San Suu Kyi to arrive in Kawhmu township where she will spend a night before the country's by-elections. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Russian sculptor Vladimir Kurayev works on a sand sculpture during the third sand sculpture festival in Binz on the German island of Ruegen. Jens Koehler/dapd/AP
Devonte Brown has his hair cut by David McKnight inside of the 13th St. Barber Shop in Sanford, Florida. Sanford is the Florida town where Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot dead on February 26 by George Zimmerman, who believed the young man walking through the gated community in a hooded sweatshirt looked suspicious. Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Workers walk on a heap of coal at a stockyard of an underground coal mine in the Mahanadi coal fields at Dera, in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, Saturday. Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
Germany's Timo Boll serves the ball during the semifinal of the World Team Table Tennis championships between Germany and Japan, Saturday, in Dortmund, Germany. Frank Augstein/AP
Interior Ministry officers detain an opposition activist during a protest rally to defend Article 31 of the Russian constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly, in Moscow. Denis Sinyakov/Reuters
Adam Rippon of the US performs his routine during the men's free skating event at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France. Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
Children wave their LED candles during an event to mark Earth Hour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday. Earth Hour takes place worldwide at 8.30 p.m. local time and is a global call to turn off lights for 60 minutes in a bid to highlight the global climate change. Lai Seng Sin/AP
Qatari Prime Minister, and head of the Arab League committee on Syria, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, heads to a bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Gulf Cooperation Council Secretariat in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday. Brendan Smialowski/AP
Dan Norton of England eyes on the bouncing ball off hands of Japanese player during a qualifying match against Japan in the Tokyo Sevens world series in Tokyo, Japan, Saturday. Itsuo Inouye/AP
Honor guards parade before a welcoming ceremony for Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Monti is on an official visit to China from March 30 to April 2. Feng Li/Reuters
Girls 400 meter hurdles open winner Adriana Brown (l.) celebrates during Jamaica's Inter-Secondary Schools Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, also known as Champs, at Kingston city. Sporting events such as Champs have produced Jamaican athletes such as current Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, who is the fastest man in the world. Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
People launch floating paper lanterns into the sky in front of the Hermitage museum to mark Earth Hour in St. Petersburg, Saturday. Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters
A model wearing a hat designed from hair in the shape of a horse, poses during the 17th Dubai World Cup at the Meydan racecourse in Dubai. The Dubai World Cup, with a cash prize of $10 million, is horse racing's richest race. Jumana El Heloueh/Reuters
Kentucky Wildcats forward Terrence Jones dunks the ball during the first half of their NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball tournament game in New Orleans, Louisiana, Saturday. Chris Steppig-NCAA Photos/Reuters
Carabinieri's paramilitary police officers stand in front of the headquarters of the Bank of Italy during a demonstration against the government in Milan. Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters
A skier jumps into a pool of water while taking part in an event to mark the closing of the ski season at Silichi ski resort, some 18 miles outside the Belarussian capital Minsk, Sunday. Julia Darashkevich /Reuters
Andrew Ford swims during his men's 200m individual medley heats at the Canadian Olympic swimming trials in Montreal, Sunday. Christinne Muschi/Reuters
A competitor guides his reindeers during a reindeer race at the Festival of the North in Russia's arctic seaport of Murmansk , Sunday. Andrei Pronin/Reuters
A boy washes buffaloes in a canal running through Faisalabad,Pakistan, Sunday. Fayyaz Hussain/Reuters
Aung San Suu Kyi carries flowers as she visits a polling station in Kawhmu township, Sunday, where she stands as a candidate in parliamentary by-elections. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Penitents take part in a Palm Sunday procession at the start of Holy Week in Palma de Mallorca. Hundreds of processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors. Enrique Calvo/Reuters
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton boards her plane at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Sunday. In her prepared remarks, Clinton urged members of Assad's government to halt operations targeting civilians, or face "serious consequences". Brendan Smialowski/Reuters
A couple kiss in front of Sugar Loaf Mountain as cyclists participate in the World Bike Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Sunday. The event involves 6,000 people that will ride their bicycles for a better quality of life, according to the organizers. Ana Carolina Fernandes/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.