A devotee adjusts her cloth while offering prayer to the setting sun during the 'Chhat' festival at Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hindus are celebrating the four-day festival that honors the sun god, by praying at sunrise and sunset, and give offerings to seek blessings for their families. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
Indian camel traders arrive with their livestock for the annual Pushkar fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan state, India. The weeklong cattle fair attracts a large number of tourists from different parts of the world. Deepak Sharma/AP
A woman stops to look at the newly unveiled Pope John Paul II statue in Rome. The city of Rome has inaugurated a revamped statue of Pope John Paul II after the first one was pilloried by the public and the Vatican. Artist Oliviero Rainaldi says he's pleased with the final product, saying it matches his original vision. Gregorio Borgia/AP
A child sits on the bank of the Bagmati River as her mother (unseen) offers prayer to the setting sun during the 'Chhat' festival at Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
Men carry corn on their head at a factory of a buying agent in Son La province, west of Hanoi, Vietnam. Reuters
A Hindu devotee stands in the waters of Sun Lake to offer prayers to the Sun god during the Hindu religious festival in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. Ajay Verma/Reuters
A member of an Athens municipal brass band plays as the Town Hall building is reflected in his instrument, during a demonstration by municipal employees. Several hundred people took part in the protest, against government plans to place 2,000 civil servants on notice ahead of reassignment or potential dismissal. Petros Giannakouris/AP
Abraham Plaza carries a Christmas tree to a tractor trailer to be shipped at the Omni Farm in West Jefferson, North Carolina, Nov. 17, 2012. Crews at the farm will harvest nearly 20,000 Christmas trees this season. Chris Keane/Reuters
Kenyans watch from top of the building as youths clash on a street below in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. Police fired bullets into the air and tear gas into the streets to stop two groups from clashing after an improvised explosive device ripped through a bus and killed seven people. AP
Israeli border policemen run during a protest against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip near the West Bank city of Nablus. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. Nasser Ishtayeh/AP
A Palestinian demonstrator wearing a rosary holds a stone during minor clashes with Israeli troops in protest against Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip, in the West Bank village of Bir Zeit, near Ramallah. Israel said that while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave. Mohamad Torokman/Reuters
Girls, who are abandoned children, attend a class at the Edhi Home, a shelter for homeless and mentally ill women provided by Edhi foundation, in Karachi, Pakistan, Nov. 15, 2012. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters
People walk though LaGuardia airport in New York. This week the busy holiday travel season begins in the US. Carlo Allegri/Reuters
Women sing and dance in a train heading for the national annual Catholic pilgrimage in the town of Kita, western Mali, Nov. 17, 2012. Around 7000 pilgrims participated in a two-day celebration at the 42nd national Catholic pilgrimage, lead by Archbishop of Bamako, Jean Zerbo. Malin Palm/Reuters
A zebra stands in his enclosure at the Hellabrunn zoo in Munich, Germany. Michael Dalder/Reuters
Activists from the left-wing organization Quebracho throw bottles of paint, during a protest against companies with foreign business interests, at US corporation Monsanto Company's headquarters on the eve of Argentina's National Sovereignty Day in Buenos Aires. Enrique Marcarian/Reuters
People flee as fighting erupts between the M23 rebels and Congolese army near the airport at Goma, Congo. Rebels believed to be backed by Rwanda fired mortars and machine guns in a village on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Goma and threatened to attack the city which is protected by Congolese government troops backed by United Nations peacekeepers. Melanie Gouby/AP
A Syrian woman from the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain carries her child as they look out from the window of a hospital after crossing into the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province. Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
A Kashmiri vendor waits for customers behind a pile of 'Kangir,' or traditional Kashmiri fire pots, at a market in Srinagar, India. Fayaz Kabli/Reuters
Pakistani students light candles to condemn the Israeli offensive in Gaza in Karachi, Pakistan. Shakil Adil/AP
45-year old office manager Irene Gonzalez of Spain stands by her front door while she waits to be evicted from her home in Madrid. Spain approved a two-year suspension of evictions for some needy homeowners unable to pay their mortgages. Paul White/AP
A North Korean performer, who plays the role of the female lead Song Chun Hyang, skates with live pigeons chasing her during a theatrical performance of the classic Korean story 'Tale of Chun Hyang' at the Pyongyang Circus Theater in Pyongyang, North Korea. The traditional folktale tells the love story of the daughter of a courtesan condemned to death for spurning the advances of a malicious official but saved by the upper-class aristocrat who truly loves her. Ng Han Guan/AP
Nicki Minaj performs 'Freedom' at the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Nov. 18, 2012. Danny Moloshok/Reuters
Copies of Terracotta warrior figures are displayed as part of the exhibition 'Terracotta Army' at the Brussels Stock Exchange. The exhibition, which opens today and will run for 3 months, presents a reconstruction of the discovery the terracotta army of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huangdi, organizers said. Yves Herman/Reuters
The State Education Building is reflected in an unfrozen section of a fountain in Albany, NY. Mike Groll/AP
A protester wearing a mask depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands near a banner showing a Euro coin on the facade of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. EU leaders will meet on November 22-23 to decide the EU's next seven-year budget. Francois Lenoir/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.