President George W. Bush (l.) and Kyle McAdams (r.), help US Army Maj. Dan Gade ride up a steep hill during the final day of the Bush Center Warrior 100k mountain bike ride, Saturday, at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Canyon, Texas. Roberto Rodriguez/The Amarillo Globe News/AP
Girls dressed in evening gowns smile at Zocalo square in Mexico City. Three hundred forty-eight girls dressed up for their 15th (Quinceanera) birthday celebration had their great day on Saturday, a tradition dating back to the Spanish colonial era when 15- and 16-year-old girls had their official debut in society. Edgard Garrido/Reuters
Canada's Sergio Pessoa (l.) challenges Brazil's Felipe Kitadai in their under 60kg final match at the Pan American Judo Championship in Montreal, Saturday. Olivier Jean/Reuters
Freshly shaved alpacas in the Austrian province of Salzburg, Sunday. The annual shearing should be done in the spring to make the animals more comfortable for the summer months. Kerstin Joensson/AP
Sofia Roberts, 4, wears pink earphones for all the loud music that she and her family were catching around the grounds at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday. Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/AP
Ducati MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi (l.) of Italy and Hector Barbera of Spain congratulate each other at the end of the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez de la Frontera, Sunday. /Marcelo Del Pozo/AP
Sandra Parker and Andrew Keith crawl through the mud during the Gladiator Rock N' Run, Saturday, at the Great Park in Irvine, Calif.. After the run the couple tied the knot during a short, and muddy ceremony. Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register/AP
Chaunte Lowe looks to clear the bar during the women's special high jump event at the Drake Relays athletics meet, Saturday, in Des Moines, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP
Kyle Busch kisses his wife, Samantha, during opening ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday. Zach Gibson/AP
A nun walks by the walls of the Old City in Jerusalem, Saturday. Dusan Vranic/AP
An inmate's relative cries as she uses a cell phone outside La Planta prison in Caracas, Venezuela. Visiting hours were canceled Saturday after authorities foiled plans for a prison break on Friday. Venezuelan authorities say they discovered a tunnel that inmates had dug leading to a sewer. Ariana Cubillos/AP
Girls dance in Gijon's seafront to celebrate International Dance Day in Spain, Sunday. Eloy Alonso/Reuters
A young Atromitos fan shouts during the Greek cup final in Athens, Greece Saturday. Olympiakos won its 25th championship after a 2-1 extra time win over Atromitos in the final at Athens Olympic Stadium. Kostas Tsironis/AP
A rock fan is lifted as he crowd surfs during a performance at the 2012 Strawberry Music Festival at Tongzhou Canal Park in Beijing, Sunday. Barry Huang/Reuters
Kris Jenner (l.), with Sofia Vergara (c.), and Kim Kardashian during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner headlined by late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel, Saturday, in Washington. Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP
Wrestlers throw mud on their bodies to avoid the slipping of hands due to sweat during a wrestling bout at a traditional Pakistani wrestling training center called "Akhaara" in the old city of Lahore. Mohsin Raza/Reuters
A lone Christian preacher gets ready to deliver his sermon as his assistant holds a prayer book at a wet and empty Speakers Corner in Hyde Park in central London, Sunday. Alastair Grant/AP
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Randall Delgado delivers against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, in Atlanta. Rich Addicks/AP
Nebraska's Dylan Vogt walks on the soggy field during a rain delay at a college baseball game between Nebraska and Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, in Lincoln, Neb. Patrick Breen/Lincoln Journal Star/AP
A member of the Kashmir Gujjar community eats food during the wedding of his relative in Dard Khora on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir. Danish Ismail/Reuters
FC Porto's Hulk, from Brazil, falls on top of Maritimo's Briguel during their Portuguese league soccer match Saturday, in Funchal, Madeira island, Portugal. Octavio Passos/AP
Willa B Awesome and jockey Martin Pedroza (l.), overtaking Starry Skies (r.), to win the $300,000 Melair Stakes, Saturday, at Betfair Hollywood Park, Inglewood Calif. Benoit/AP
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (l.), blocks the shot over Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu in the first half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday. Michael Conroy/AP
Runners participate in the Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K run, Sunday, in Weehawken, N.J. The Lincoln Tunnel is a 1.5-mile long tunnel under the Hudson River, connecting New Jersey and New York City. Julio Cortez/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.