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Phillip Phillips breaks down in tears of joy as he performs after being named the winner during the 11th season finale of 'American Idol' in Los Angeles. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
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An Egyptian woman at a polling station holds a paper ballot with names of the 13 presidential candidates in Cairo. Egyptians voted on the second day of a landmark presidential election that will produce a successor to longtime authoritarian ruler Hosni Mubarak. Fredrik Persson/AP
Sao Paulo's Cortez celebrates a goal during the Kia Cup Brazil 2012 quarter-final soccer match against Goias at Serra Dourada stadium in Goiania, Brazil. Ueslei Marcelio/Reuters
A ruling party African National Congress supporter has her forehead painted with President Jacob Zuma's name outside the court in Johannesburg, South Africa. The president is asking the High Court to issue an order that display of the now-defaced painting of him violates his constitutional right to dignity since it depicts his genitals. The gallery and the artist counter that freedom of expression is at stake. Themba Hadebe/AP
Miners on strike take pictures near barricades of burning tires on the A-6 motorway in El Montico, northern Spain, on the second day of a strike to protest the government's spending cuts in the mining sector. Eloy Alonso/Reuters
Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (c.) stands next to an American cowboy as he visits the Kotlyakovo cattle breeding farm owned by Miratorg agro industrial holding company during his working trip to the Bryansk Region, Russia. Medvedev chatted in English to two Americans dressed in boots, jeans and checkered shirts. Ekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool/Reuters
A Muslim elementary school student holds a defaced poster of US pop singer Lady Gaga during a protest in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia, against her concert that is scheduled to be held on June 3. Lady Gaga might have to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia because police worry her sexy clothes and dance moves undermine Islamic values and will corrupt the country's youth. AP
Pilot Andre Borschberg walks up to experimental aircraft Solar Impulse before it takes off for its first intercontinental flight to Morocco from the airbase in Payerne, Switzerland. The solar-powered aircraft, a zero-fuel airplane, is making its first intercontinental trip. The Solar Impulse project aims to circumnavigate the world with an aircraft, with a 63.40-meter wingspan, powered only by solar energy. Laurent Gillieron/Keystone/AP
A Lebanese army soldier prepares to go inside the apartment of a Syrian gunman who had engaged in an hours-long shootout with the security forces in Beirut, Lebanon. Security officials say troops stormed the apartment, killing the gunman. Hussein Malla/AP
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Visitors to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Center in Malaysia swim in a river with a baby elephant. The conservation center, opened in 1989, is responsible for the relocation of elephants from areas of human encroachment in peninsular Malaysia as well as home to orphaned elephants. Mark Baker/AP
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Anita Atkinson poses outside her shop, Royal Teas, in Stanhope, England. Atkinson opened the tea room, which is dedicated to the British Monarchy, in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and to display some of her huge collection of memorabilia. Scott Heppell/AP
New York Army National Guard member Nicodeme Clovis Esmel listens to a speaker during a Memorial Day ceremony in Latham, N.Y. The Guard honored members who have died while serving on active duty overseas since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Mike Groll/AP
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Nicole Kidman with other cast members arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film 'The Paperboy' in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in France. Eric Gaillard/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.