Heather Hathon has pictures of Elvis Presley on her beading machine at Tricker's shoe factory in Northampton, central England. The small wooden door of Tricker's shoe factory unexpectedly leads to a smartly polished showroom, its dark wooden shelves home to some of the world's finest handmade shoes. Darren Staples/Reuters
Workers take out baked bricks from the oven at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Amritsar, India. Altaf Qadri/AP
Britain's Queen Elizabeth greets well-wishers as she takes part in a walkabout outside Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, southern England. Kieran Doherty/Reuters
People take part in a protest during the May Day rally in the center of Madrid. Tens of thousands of workers marked May Day in European cities with a mix of anger and gloom over austerity measures imposed by leaders trying to contain the eurozone's intractable debt crisis. Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP
Pakistani workers shout slogans during a rally to mark May Day in Lahore, Pakistan. K.M. Chaudary/AP
A Syrian craftsman works in front of his shop in Damascus, Syria. Muzaffar Salman/AP
Hot walker Cesar Atilano holds Kentucky Derby entrant I'll Have Another after a morning workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Charlie Riedel/AP
Marie Wieland tries to climb up a maypole during the traditional May Day celebrations in Lofer in the Austrian province of Salzburg. Kerstin Joensson/AP
Swans glide through the flooded riverside walkways in the shadow of the cathedral in Worcester, England. Heavy rain lashed southern Britain overnight following the wettest April since records began. David Jones/PA/AP
A supporter of French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections Francois Hollande holds a photo of him as she attends a meeting in Nevers as part of his campaign for the second round of the French presidential elections on May 6. Christophe Ena/AP
Newlyweds dressed in Han dynasty costumes bow to each other during a traditional group wedding ceremony in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China. A total of 130 couples from all over China attended the group wedding ceremony that followed the nuptial rites of the Han Dynasty (202 BC - AD 220.) China Daily/Reuters
Pupils read and learn the Quran at an Islamic school, also known as a madrassa, at the Holy Quran school in the Hodan district of Somalia's capital Mogadishu. Feisal Omar/Reuters
An Occupy London protester hands out flowers to a police officer in a central London train station. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Roshan Kapdi, one of the seven Indian crew members of the Italian ship Enrica Ievoli, who was hijacked and held hostage for four months by Somali pirates, talks to the media upon his arrival at the airport in Mumbai, India. The ship was carrying 15,000 metric tons of caustic soda from Iran to Turkey when it was hijacked. Rajanish Kakade/AP
Protesters support the rights of immigrant and American-born workers as part of a May Day event at 46 Federal Plaza in New York City. The demonstrators came out to protest the Employer Sanctions Provision and to back the documented and undocumented workers of 'Yes Car Service' who filed complaints to the government against their employer for their claims of withheld wages and labor law violations. Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor
A male South American Harris Hawk flies through Trafalgar Square in London. The hawk is employed by Westminster Council to keep the pigeons, which are considered a pest, away from the square. Alastair Grant/AP
Armed North Korean soldiers joke with Chinese tourists as they keep guard at Hwanggumpyong Island near the North Korean town of Sinuiju and the Chinese border city of Dandong. Jacky Chen/Reuters
Visitors crowd into an artificial wave pool at a water park in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, China. China Daily/Reuters
Firefighters battle an early morning blaze that killed a veteran police captain, his wife and two teenage daughters when fire that swept through their home in Carmel, N.Y. Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News/AP
Bolivia's President Evo Morales (r.) and his Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera sing their national anthem during an event at the government palace in La Paz, Bolivia. Juan Karita/AP
A Kashmiri fisherman is reflected in the waters of Dal Lake as he throws a net to catch fish in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir. Fayaz Kabli/Reuters
Fans of Volkswagen Beetles gather in Hanover, northern Germany. About 3,000 VW Beetles from all over Europe traveled to this year's meeting. Focke Strangmann/dapd/AP
Police control an area near Revolution Square during May Day celebrations in Havana, Cuba. Javier Galeano/AP
A performer from the group Legs On The Wall dances while suspended from cables in front of a camera crew during a media call for their production 'The Voyage,' in Sydney, Australia. The Voyage will be performed in Birmingham's Victoria Square, in the United Kingdom, as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Tim Wimborne/Reuters
A girl attends the ritual of the ellipse at the annual festival of the Vale do Amanhecer, or Sunrise Valley Festival, in Planaltina, Brazil. Vale do Amanhecer is a spiritual community founded in 1959 by the medium Tia Neiva and its doctrine contains elements from Christianity, Spiritualism, Mysticism, Afro-Brazilian religions and ancient Egyptian beliefs. The community has more than 600 temples throughout Brazil and other countries. Eraldo Peres/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.