A dog is seen carrying a banner during a protest by Occupy Wall Street activists at Zuccotti Park in New York. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
A child plays at Bashantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
US Olympian sprinter torchbearer Michael Johnson holds the Olympic Flame at Stonehenge, England. Danny Lawson/LOCOG/AP
A runner grabs the horn of a Victoriano del Rio fighting bull as they sprint at the entrance to the bullring during the sixth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. Susana Vera/Reuters
Dave McKay of Canada competes in the pole vault at the Toronto International Track & Field Games in Toronto on Wednesday. Mark Blinch/Reuters
A Syrian brown bear eats an ice block of frozen fruits, vegetables, and fish to cool off from the heat at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv, Israel. Ariel Schalit/AP
A gunsmith displays an incomplete shotgun at a gun factory in Srinagar, India. Dar Yasin/AP
A crow flies over a street lamp in Kathmandu, Nepal. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
A man looks out of a window cut into an aluminum shack in Mumbai, India. Vivek Prakash/Reuters
A penguin swims at the new launch Polar Adventure at the Ocean Park, a tourist attraction in Hong Kong. Kin Cheung/AP
Women sit under a plastic sheet to shelter themselves from the rain in New Delhi, India. Saurabh Das/AP
A boy shouts anti-US slogans along with tribesmen loyal to the al-Houthi Shi'ite rebel group during the concluding session of a two-day tribal gathering in the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada, on the border with Saudi Arabia. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
Workers construct satellite dishes for the world's media ahead of the Olympic Games in London. Luke MacGregor/Reuters
A bride poses in a landscape exhibit at the Singapore Garden Festival. Wong Maye-E/AP
Mongolian child jockeys compete in a horse racing competition during the second day of the Naadam Festival held in Khui Doloon Khudag, on the outskirts of Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Andy Wong/AP
A man pours petrol on wood as he lights a massive bonfire in the Shankill Estate, West Belfast, Northern Ireland. Peter Morrison/AP
An entertainer balances his bicycle atop a lamp post prior to the 11th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 92 miles with its start in Albertville and finish in La Toussuire, French Alps. Christophe Ena/AP
Seized illegal ivory bracelets and elephant charms are displayed as New York's District Attorney Cyrus Vance speaks during a news conference to announce the guilty pleas of two ivory dealers and their business for selling illegal elephant ivory, in New York. Keith Bedford/Reuters
Dates are displayed during the eighth round of the Liwa Date Festival, at the western region of Liwa in the United Arab Emirates. Jumana ElHeloueh/Reuters
People travel over the Bosphorus Strait in a passenger vehicle ferry in Istanbul, Turkey. Murad Sezer/Reuters
A mourning dove flares its wings before landing at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock, Ark. Danny Johnston/AP
A Mongolian horseman holds a national flag during the second day of the Naadam Festival in Khui Doloon Khudag, on the outskirts of Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Andy Wong/AP
Dancers perform behind a cloth during the opening of Polar Adventure at Ocean Park in Hong Kong. Bobby Yip/Reuters
Bees collect pollen from flowers in Matthews, N.C. Chuck Burton/AP
Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Masaaki Shirakawa speaks during a news conference at its headquarters in Tokyo. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
Tribesmen loyal to the al-Houthi Shi'ite rebel group perform the traditional Baraa dance at the conclusion of a two-day tribal gathering in the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada, on the border with Saudi Arabia. Khaled Abdullah/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.