An ethnic Shan Buddhist novice monk attends class at the Thone Htat monastery in Yangon, Myanmar. Thone Htat monastery houses a free school run by Buddhist monks and attended by 37 Buddhist novice monks and 10 other students. Soe Zeya/Reuters
Rex, a crocodile, which weighs 1543.2 pounds, swims across his tank at Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Rex had his first meal today after three months of hibernation. Daniel Munoz/Reuters
Gabriel Guallo of Ecuador's Quichua tribe stands with a tarantula on his face to demonstrate how he is planning to break a world record, in El Tena. Guallo hopes to carry 250 tarantulas on his body for 60 seconds during a special ceremony in February 2013 to break what he says is the existing record for most tarantulas carried on the body (240 tarantulas for 30 seconds). Guillermo Granja/Reuters
People stroll on the Bund, a famous waterfront as the symbol of town, in Shanghai, China. China celebrated its national day on Oct. 1 and people enjoy a week-long holiday. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
A Bangladeshi Buddhist woman prays in front of a burnt Buddha sculpture after it was attacked. Bangladesh's High Court issued an order to authorities requesting all religious establishments to be safeguarded following recent communal attacks at Buddhist localities and temples in Cox's Bazar, local media reported. Andrew Biraj/Reuters
Children watch as a Smurf hot air balloon is prepared for flight during a hot air balloon festival at Timna Park near the southern Israeli city of Eilat. Baz Ratner/Reuters
A woman walks on a pavement covered with autumn leaves in central Minsk, Belarus. Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
A man covers his son's ears as they watch a fireworks display as part of China's Mid-Autumn festival in Shanghai. Carlos Barria/Reuters
A child is silhouetted against the sun as he holds a flag of Pakistan's religious political party Jamaat-e-Islami in a tent during an anti-US demonstration in Karachi. Athar Hussain/Reuters
French climber Alain Robert, also known as 'Spiderman', stands on the Abbey during a recce climb in St-Maurice, Switzerland. Robert will attempt to climb the church on October 5, 2012 after a conference. Denis Balibouse/Reuters
Miguel Pupo of Brazil competing in the Quiksilver Pro France surfing competition in Hossegor, France. Kristin Scholtz/AP
A Bavarian herdsman leads his cattle on a path to a boat that will carry them across Lake Koenigssee near Berchtesgarden, southern Germany. The trip by boat is the only way to bring the cattle from their remote summer mountain pastures back to their homestead. Matthias Schrader/AP
Fog rolls through downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Mike Stewart/AP
A Kashmiri Muslim villager carries stacks of hay after a paddy harvest in Beerwah, some 24 miles northwest of Srinagar, India. Dar Yasin/AP
Leaf peepers are seen on the shore of Lake Chocorau, in Tamworth, N.H. Jim Cole/AP
Children squeeze lemon juice for the winner of the Order of the Smile, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, wife of the Emir of Qatar, in Warsaw, Poland. The order's recipients, chosen by children, are required to drink a cup of lemon juice without losing their smile. Czarek Sokolowski/AP
A fresh strawberry gelato is seen at the Carpigiani Gelato University in the northern town of Anzola dell'Emilia, near Bologna. The University is bustling with foreign students who come to the laboratories to learn the ins and outs of gelato making before going back home to set up their own businesses. Stefano Rellandini/Reuters
Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson (R) challenges Olympiakos Piraeus' Leandro Greco during their Champions League Group B soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London. Eddie Keogh/Reuters
A member of India's rural communities, including the landless, poor farmers and the tribal community, dries her cloth at a halting point during 'Jan Satyagraha,' a march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless in Gwalior, India. Altaf Qadri/AP
Troops from the Kenyan contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) sit on the back of a flat-bed military truck as they begin an advance on the Somali port city of Kismayu. Stuart Price/African Union-United Nations Information Support Team/Reuters
A man poses with a thumbs up sign in front of a painting at the Berlin Wall in Berlin. Wednesday marks the 22nd anniversary of German reunification, after decades of division into Soviet-controlled communist German Democratic Republic (GDR) in the east and the Federal Republic of Germany in the west. Lisi Niesner/Reuters
Cadets of the Fuerza Civil (Civil Force) stand in formation during a graduation ceremony in Monterrey, Mexico. Some 205 members of the Civil Force, a police unit trained by the army in areas such as intelligence and tactics, finished their eight to 12 weeks-long training to reinforce the war against organized crime. Daniel Becerril/Reuters
A Marine helicopter does a flyover and people watch as a Navy hovercraft begins its departure from Ocean Beach after a disaster response training exercise in San Francisco. The arrival of the amphibious military vehicle helped kick off this year's San Francisco Fleet Week. Eric Risberg/AP
A Free Syrian Army rebel fighter throws a petrol bomb against Syrian Army positions in the Saif Al Dawle district of Aleppo, Syria. Manu Brabo/AP
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.