A Lebanese man lifts his brother, Ahmed Alayoubi, after his release from prison in Roumieh, east of Beirut, Lebanon. Bilal Hussein/AP
Demonstrators, dressed like Robin Hood, call for a 'Robin Hood tax' on Wall Street transactions at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Examining Bank Supervision and Risk Management in Light of JPMorgan Chase's Trading Loss on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Hungarian national water polo coach Denes Kemeny (c.), leader of three Olympic champion teams (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008) poses with the team underwater after a training session in Budapest June 13, 2012. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
Indian laborers welds iron as they make a temporary pontoon bridge across the River Ganges for the upcoming Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, India. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
An Indian garden lizard hangs from a pole at the Alipore Zoological Gardens in Kolkata, India. Bikas Das/AP
A rainbow arches over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor. Bobby Yip/Reuters
Women holding umbrellas struggle against strong winds and rain caused by Typhoon Guchol in Nagoya. Kyodo/Reuters
Racegoers arrive for the first day of racing at Royal Ascot in southern England. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
Aspiring models line-up to present themselves on a runway during auditions for the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. Vivek Prakash/Reuters
Laborers put up a tarp to shade the area in front of the Dome of the Rock in preparation for Ramadan on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, where the Al-Aqsa mosque (not seen) also stands, in Jerusalem's Old City June 13, 2012. Darren Whiteside/Reuters
Children put on their shoes at a nursery school in Eichenau, near Munich June 18, 2012. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is looking to establish a childcare allowance for stay-at-home mothers. The draft law, known as Betreuungsgeld, will provide mothers who stay at home with their children, about 150 Euros ($190) per month. Michaela Rehle/Reuters
An England fan smiles in the centre of Donetsk, some 560 miles southeast of Kiev. Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
In this citizen journalism image made and provided by the Kfar Suseh Coordinating of the Syrian Revolution on Monday June 18, 2012, anti-Syrian regime protesters wave revolutionary flags during a demonstration at Kfar Suseh area, in Damascus, Syria. AP
Afghan President Hamid Karzai (l.) cuts ribbon with Afghanistan's Water and Power Minister Ismail Khan inaugurating the start of construction on a power plant in Shakardara district north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Mohammad Ismail/AP
A man stands outside Madrid's stock exchange June 19, 2012. Spain's short-term borrowing costs rose to their highest level since 1997 in a debt sale on Tuesday as investors worried the country will soon be forced to ask for international aid. Andrea Comas/Reuters
A coast guard team patrols to oversee the preparations for Typhoon Talim at Fuji harbour in New Taipei City. Yi-ting Chung/Reuters
Volunteers wearing masks hold up signs next to a table displaying empty plates and flags representing the problem of hunger in those countries during a protest organized by members of non-government organization (NGO) 'Rio de Paz' (Peace Rio) at Copacabana beach ahead of the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro. Ueslei Marcelino /Reuters
Pedestrians struggle to hold umbrellas as Typhoon Guchol is approaching Tokyo. Koji Sasahara/AP
Men read local newspapers on the sidewalk in Havana, Cuba. Franklin Reyes/AP
A girl plays with water fountains in a public square in Vienna. Temperatures are expected to rise up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit), Austria's national weather service agency ZAMG reported. Lisi Niesner /Reuters
A girl unloads water from a fishing boat by the river Naf, where Rohingyas from Myanmar have tried to get into Bangladesh by boats, in Teknaf. Andrew Biraj/Reuters
Reverend Mark Sisk performs a second blessing over bees at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. The Episcopal cathedral hosted its first Blessing of the Bees. Thousands of bees are now making their home on the cathedral grounds. Seth Wenig/AP
People relax as a rainbow appears in the mist of the Hochstrahlbrunnen fountain in Vienna. Heinz-Peter Bader /Reuters
A protester shouts as police stand guard during a protest against military council in outside Egypt's parliament in Cairo. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood declared on Tuesday it did not want a confrontation with the ruling generals but said the army did not have the right to curb presidential powers after a vote the group says its candidate won. Suhaib Salem/Reuters
Supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, gather as they wait for her departure following a visit at Oxford University in Oxford, England. On Wednesday, Oxford University will present her with an honorary degree that it awarded in 1993 but that she was not free to collect. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Pro-army tribesmen man a checkpoint on a road leading to Lawdar town in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
Supporters of Bolivia's President Evo Morales gather for the welcome ceremony for Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in front of the presidential palace in La Paz. Gaston Brito/Reuters
Four-year-old racegoer Anastasia poses for a photograph during the first day of racing at Royal Ascot in southern England. 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.