Japanese choreographer and performer Hiroaki Umeda rehearses for his upcoming 'Adapting for Distortion' show at the Sofia Dance Week festival at the National Palace of Culture. Stoyan Nenov/Reuters
A Buddhist novice monk holds a Buddhist flag during a protest against the recent attacks on Buddhist temples and homes in southeast Bangladesh, in front of the Bangladeshi embassy in Yangon, Myanmar. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters
Two youths carrying a large Jordanian flag are among thousands of Islamic Action Front supporters gathered to demand constitutional reforms during an opposition rally described as the biggest in the kingdom since the Arab Spring uprisings started in late 2010, in Amman, Jordan. Raad Adayleh/AP
Mohammad Sabir carries grass for cattle in the Surkhrod district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Rahmat Gul/AP
Indian Missile Dhanush takes off from a naval ship in the Bay of Bengal sea near Chandipur coast, about 125 miles from Bhubaneswar, India. India successfully test-fired the indigenously developed nuclear-capable, short-range ballistic missile from a naval ship off its eastern coast, according to a news agency. Biswaranjan Rout/Defence Research & Development Organization/AP
US sculptor Nick Cave poses near a sculpture part of his exhibition called 'Triple Ondulation,' at the Tri Postal exhibition hall during the Lille 3000 'Fantastic' event in Lille, France. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
A red deer bellows during the annual rutting season in the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig, Scotland. Russell Cheyne/Reuters
A woman holds her dog as a priest blesses it at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assis) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil last evening. Nacho Doce/Reuters
A Pakistani girl, bottom (l.) throws flowers on groom Phaloos Sohtra and his bride Shabana Gill as they exchange rings during their wedding in a church in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Bahraini anti-government protesters, some with national flags, run from tear gas and the spray of water cannons during clashes with riot police in Sanabis, Bahrain. Hasan Jamali/AP
Striking platinum miners wait behind a police cordon at the site where violent clashes overnight left one person dead near the Anglo American Platinum (AMPLATS) mine in Rustenburg in South Africa's North West Province. Mike Hutchings/Reuters
South Korean performers are suspended in midair to form a human net in a performance, called 'Aphrodite' by Spanish theater company La Fura Dels Baus, in Seoul, South Korea. Lee Jin-man/AP
A colored honeycomb from a beehive is seen in Ribeauville near Colmar Eastern France. Bees at a cluster of bee hives in northeastern France have been producing honey in mysterious shades of blue and green, alarming their keepers who now believe residue from containers of M&M's candy processed at a nearby biogas plant is the cause. Vincent Kessler/Reuters
A woman works in a rice mill in Aliade community in the Gwer local government area of the central state of Benue, Nigeria. Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters
Cooks sit in the fair hall during the opening ceremony of the International Exhibition of Culinary Art (IKA) also known as the Culinary Olympics IKA in Erfurt, central Germany. Jens Meyer/AP
Indonesia's naval officers march during a ceremony to mark the 67th anniversary of the Indonesian National Military at the tarmac of Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta, Indonesia. Beawiharta/Reuters
An Indian laborer carries a bag of spice at the Spice Market in New Delhi, India. Kevin Frayer/AP
Dagmar, the Rothschild giraffe, nuzzles her newborn calf in their enclosure at Chester Zoo in Chester, northern England. Phil Noble/Reuters
Israelis gather to watch hot-air balloons take off in the Negev, southern Israel, during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. Tsafrir Abayov/AP
(L. to r.) Kenyans Jane Muthoni Mara, Wambuga Wa Nyingi, and Paulo Muoka Nzili, celebrate the announcement of a legal decision in their case at Britain's High Court concerning Mau Mau veterans, at the offices of the Kenya Human Rights Commission in Nairobi, Kenya. Ben Curtis/AP
Syed Abu Ahsan (center l.), father of Syed Talha Ahsan, is consoled by a supporter as he leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London after hearing his son's appeal against extradition to the US on terror charges had failed. Sang Tan/AP
An Afghan man holds his ram as he walks at the outskirts of Kabul. Omar Sobhani/Reuters
France's President Francois Hollande (c.) and Malta's Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi (r.) walk across the Barrakka Saluting Battery after posing for a group photo with other European and North African leaders during a summit of Mediterranean neighbors in Valletta, Malta. Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters
Tibetan exiles hold ceremonial scarves tied together as they participate in a candlelit vigil after reports of another self-immolation in Tibet, in Dharmsala, India. Ashwini Bhatia/AP
Hindu devotees gather to offer prayers to perform the 'Pind Daan' ceremony rituals for the peace of the souls of ancestors at the River Falgu in Gaya, India. Manish Bhandari/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.