A couple walk along of one the corridors of the Metropol Parasol, overseeing the old city and the Giralda Cathedral of Seville, Spain, Sunday. Emilio Morenatti/AP
Dallas Cowboys fan Bryce Walters ,11, of Odessa, Texas, gets a close of view of a gun turret as US Army Specialist Greg Morgan gives him a tour of a M2 A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, in Arlington, Texas. Brandon Wade/AP
The Chinese team's performance win the gold medal during the teams free final synchronized swimming at the 9th Asian Swimming Championships, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday. Hassan Ammar/AP
An Indian villager makes cow dung cakes, and arranges them to be sun dried on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad, India. Cow dung cakes are a major source of domestic fuel for rural households and an environment friendly alternative to firewood. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
US President Barack Obama pulls a chair up to a table to sign the guest book as Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra stands beside at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday. Carolyn Kaster/AP
Palestinians load their belongings onto a horse cart after an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City, Sunday. Israel bombed militant targets in Gaza for a fifth straight day, launching aerial and naval attacks as its military prepared for a possible ground invasion, though Egypt saw "some indications" of a truce ahead. Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters
People chat as they sit at a marketplace in the Old Sanaa city, Ye,en, Sunday. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
Smoke rises during an explosion from an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations by militants to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. Hatem Moussa/AP
Air Force One (l.) and the back-up aircraft, await the arrival of President Barack Obama at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. at sunrise, Saturday, for his trip to Southeast Asia. Cliff Owen/AP
Job seekers attend a job fair with more than 600 employers providing over 20,000 jobs in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province, Saturday. AP
New Zealand All Blacks' Liam Messam (l.) is challenged by Italy's Andrea Lo Cicero during their test rugby union match at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Saturday. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
A fake shark fin is seen in the Trevi fountain during a demonstration against the practice of finning, in Rome. Environmentalist organizations demonstrated Saturday against the practice of finning, where the top fins are cut off sharks and used to make shark fin soup, popular in Asia. Marco Cuomo/AP
Young dancers perform on stage in Alexandra Township north of Johannesburg, Saturday. The dancers are part of Johannesburg's South African Mzansi Ballet development and outreach program and are taught to dance, free of charge, in the poverty stricken township which celebrates it's centenary this year. Denis Farrell/AP
Israelis take cover as an air raid siren warns of incoming rockets from Gaza, next to an Iron Dome defense system in Tel Aviv, Saturday. Oded Balilty/AP
War veterans from opposite sides of the brutal Balkan wars of the 1990's pay their respects in front of a marble stone with the names of victims at the memorial center Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia Amel Emric/AP
A nomadic Gujjar man reacts to the camera on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Saturday. Members of the tribe are moving out from the hills to escape the cold winter. Channi Anand/AP
Syrian women from Aleppo are seen walking into the Mediterranean sea at Ramlet el Baida on a warm day in Beirut, Lebanon. Jamal Saidi/Reuters
The Oppidans team huddle during the Eton Wall Game at Eton college in Eton, England. Originating in 1766, the game is played on a narrow strip 110 metres long up against a wall. The idea is to move the ball along the wall with your feet and score a goal at the far end. Goals are very rare, the last one scored was a hundred years ago in 1909. Eddie Keogh/Reuters
A police officer wears a hat with a banner reading, "Urban guards in conflict" during a protest against government’s austerity measures and the elimination of their Christmas bonus pay, one of 14 paychecks that most Spanish civil servants get each year, in Madrid, Spain. Andres Kudacki/AP
A man reads a newspaper with US President Barack Obama on its front page on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar. Obama departed on Saturday for a three-country swing through Asia, using his first foreign trip since winning re-election to emphasize his administration's focus on the region. The highlight of the trip is likely to be the historic stop in Myanmar on November 19. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters
Sarah, 7, carries potato leaves next to a polling station during presidential elections in Freetown Sierra Leone. The presidential and parliamentary polls, the third held since the end of the 1991-2002 conflict, pit President Ernest Bai Koroma and his ruling All People's Congress (APC) against challenger Julius Maada Bio, a former junta leader who represents the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). Joe Penny/Reuters
A Carolina Panthers fan watches the teams warm up before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday. Chuck Burton/AP
About 200 people attend a candlelight vigil held at Centennial Plaza in Midland, Texas on Saturday, in honor of the people involved in an accident where a Union Pacific train struck a float carrying military veterans on Thursday. Edward A. Ornelas/San Antonio Express-News/AP
Secret Service agents stand watch as US Vice President Joe Biden visits the Hurricane Sandy damaged city of Seaside Park, New Jersey, Sunday. Eric Thayer/Reuters
Massachusetts forward Kim Piere-Louis (c.), look at the referee as she battles for a loose ball with Notre Dame guards Kayla McBride (l.) and Skylar Diggins during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, in South Bend, Ind. Joe Raymond/AP
Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek celebrates by jumping over the net after defeating Spain's Nicolas Almagro in their Davis Cup finals tennis singles match in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday. Czech Republic defeated Spain 3-2 and gained the Davis Cup trophy. Petr David Josek/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.