Competitors start during MX1 FIM motocross World Championship event in Kegums, Latvia, Sunday. Ints Kalnins/Reuters
A spoon-billed sandpiper chick walks past a soft toy at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust center in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, Sunday. The chick hatched from one of 20 eggs brought to the UK from Russia in the latest stage of a breeding program which hopes to save the species from extinction. There are thought to be less than 100 breeding pairs left in the wild. Tim Ireland/PA/AP
Dancers perform during a break at the Women's Bronze Medal match between Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti of Italy and Katrin Holtwick and llka Semmler of Germany at the Berlin Beach Volleyball Grand Slam in Berlin Sunday. Gero Breloer/AP
Two horses fight during the 'Rapa Das Bestas' traditional event in the Spanish northwestern village of Amil Sunday. Throughout the summer, hundreds of wild horses are rounded up, trimmed and groomed in different villages in Galicia. Miguel Vidal/Reuters
Sky Procycling rider Bradley Wiggins of Britain, wearing the leader's yellow jersey, awaits the start of the 14th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Limoux and Foix, France, Sunday. Stephane Mahe/Reuters
A Pakistani man who works in a wholesale fruit and vegetable market arranges baskets in Gujranwala, Pakistan, Sunday. Aftab Rizvi/AP
People look at a grampus in a closed cove where people can swim with whales in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, Sunday. This year, two female grampus are released from a preserve twice a day for 15 minutes. Kumano Shimbun/Kyodo News/AP
Participants in the Duhnen tideland race speed on their sulkies through the mud in Duhnen, northern Germany, Sunday. Nigel Treblin/dapd/AP
The Ferrari Formula One car piloted by Giancarlo Fisichella of Italy drives past St. Basil's during the Moscow City Racing event in Moscow Sunday. Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters
Rescue workers look for survivors buried under the debris of damaged buildings following the collapse of an 11-story building under construction in the Gomrouk neighborhood of Alexandria, Egypt, Sunday. With real estate at a premium in big cities like Alexandria and Cairo, developers seeking bigger profits frequently violate planning permits and exceed the number of stories allowed. Tarek Fawzy/AP
A shepherd herds his sheep and goats on a dirt road at sunset outside Bucharest, Romania, Saturday. Vadim Ghirda/AP
A woman takes a snooze in the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo, Sunday. Shizuo Kambayashi/AP
'Extreme dancers' perform while hanging from the Millennium Bridge in London during the London 2012 Olympic Festival Sunday. The performance, 'Surprises: Streb,' choreographed by New Yorker Elizabeth Streb, takes place on various London landmarks. Sang Tan/AP
A laborer, his hands covered in sawdust, grinds away a portion of a wooden cargo ship during its overhaul in Karachi's Fish Harbor in Pakistan Sunday. The process of overhauling a boat takes about a week. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters
South Korean animal rights activists confine themselves in a cage in Seongnam, South Korea, Sunday during a campaign opposing dog meat consumption. Traditionally, dog meat is consumed by some South Koreans in the belief that it replenishes stamina lost due to hot summer weather. Hye Soo Nah/AP
People pray near a tree with a scar that residents claim looks like Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Mexican representation of the Virgin Mary, in West New York, N.J., Saturday. Hundreds of onlookers have gathered daily around makeshift shrines at the base of the tree. Keith Bedford/Reuters
Fans applaud during a concert by British folk rock band Mumford & Sons at the Optimus Alive music festival in Lisbon Saturday. Armando Franca/AP
A pack of riders cycles past a woman on a horse during the 13th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and Cap d'Agde, France, Saturday. Stephane Mahe/Reuters
Lighting strikes over Saint Joseph cathedral during a storm in Hanoi, Vietnam, Saturday. Carlos Barria/Reuters
A member of the greeting party wipes lipstick off the cheek of President Barack Obama as he arrives in Richmond, Va., Saturday for campaign events. Jason Reed/Reuters
A pug competes in a race Saturday during the third international pug dog meeting in Berlin. Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
People dressed up as zombies take part in a zombie walk Friday in the Gaslamp Quarter during the Comic Con International convention in San Diego. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
A visitor puts a hand on the outside of a tank near a starfish Saturday at Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo. Itsuo Inouye/AP
Children of Tibetan Muslims living in exile laugh while waiting for the arrival of the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at their school in Srinagar, Indian-Administered Kashmir, Saturday. Fayaz Kabli/Reuters
A couple embrace following the final running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday. Eloy Alonso/Reuters
Crew form the Olympic rings on the flight deck of the Royal Navy helicopter assault ship HMS Ocean as it arrives at its berth on the river Thames in London Friday. Security surrounding the Olympics has made headlines this week after Britain was forced to deploy 3,500 extra troops to fill an embarrassing last-minute shortfall in private security staff. MoD/Crown Copyright/Reuters
Tourists play in the mud during opening day of the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, South Korea, Saturday. Lee Jae-Won/Reuters
Michael Mason of Canada competes in the men's high jump during the Diamond League London Grand Prix athletics meet at the Crystal Palace in London Saturday. Dylan Martinez/Reuters
Hindu pilgrims, or Kanwarias, walk near the banks of the Ganges River in Allahabad, India, Saturday. The Kanwarias are performing a ritual pilgrimage in which they walk the roads of India, clad in saffron, and carry ornately-decorated canisters of sacred water from the Ganges River to Hindu temples in their hometowns. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton watches as fans react to a foul fly ball from Seattle Mariners' Jesus Montero in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday in Seattle. Elaine Thompson/AP
People near a giant kite on the ground watch a traditional kite competition in Padang Galak, Bali, Indonesia, on Saturday. The three-day national kite festival was organized to promote tourism on the resort island. Firdia Lisnawati/AP
Kalex Moto2 rider Pol Espargaro (fr.) of Spain crashes with Motobi Moto2 rider Johann Zarco of France during the third practice session for the Italian motorcycling Grand Prix at Mugello circuit Saturday. Giampiero Sposito/Reuters
School children in Ahmadabad, India, hold portraits of American astronaut of Indian origin Sunita Williams as they pray for her successful journey to the International Space Station, Saturday. Williams, who lived and worked aboard the ISS for six months in 2006, is set to leave for her second space odyssey on Sunday. Ajit Solanki/AP
Alphajet planes from the Patrouille de France (France's Patrol) fly over the Champs Elysees during the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris Saturday. Philippe Wojazer/Reuters
Wes Stevenson of Lubbock, Texas, loses his hat as he rides the horse Hurricane Terry in the bareback event during the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Friday. Todd Korol/Reuters
Workers shovel muddy water out of the banquet room of a hotel in Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, Saturday. Heavy rain triggered flash floods and mudslides that killed nearly two dozen people this week in southern Japan. Kyodo News/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.