A worker prepares idols of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh at a workshop in Mumbai, India. Rajanish Kakade/AP
A mud-covered 3-month-old male African Southern Rhino named Jumaane looks at a myna bird at the Singapore Zoo in Singapore. Wong Maye-E/AP
Girls watch paratroopers from Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry on a helicopter assault mission to improve their biological database, near the town of Ahmad Khel in Afghanistan's Paktiya Province, on Monday. Lucas Jackson/Reuters
A congregation member holds his prayer beads during a service in a makeshift Catholic chapel in the village of Bai Gu Tun, located on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin, southeast of Beijing. David Gray/Reuters
US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama (l.) move to the music as daughter Malia (r.) looks on as they attend the Olympic men's exhibition basketball game between Team USA and Brazil in Washington on Monday. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
A girl rubs her eyes as smoke rises from a burning effigy of the demon Ghantakarna, symbolizing the destruction of evil, during the Ghantakarna festival at the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
Police cadets attend a graduation ceremony in Madrid, Spain. Emilio Morenatti/AP
Dancers from the Bangarra Dance Theater perform a scene from their show 'terrain' at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney. Rick Rycroft/AP
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair (c.) walks down Morningside Ave. in Toronto, following a shooting that left at least 19 people injured and two dead at a house party late Monday. Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press/AP
Dancers in Taiwan's Paper Windmill Cultural Foundation perform during a dress rehearsal of Paper Windmill Fantasia in Taipei, Taiwan. Wally Santana/AP
Members of National Youth Theater perform during the Olympic Team Welcome Ceremony at the Olympic Village for the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. Jae C. Hong/AP
A child holds a flag at the No-Moscow school during celebrations for former South African president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa. South Africans will celebrate former president Nelson Mandela's birthday on July 18. Schalk van Zuydam/AP
The eye of a Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman is reflected in the water of the terrarium at Berlin Zoo in Berlin, Germany. Gero Breloer/AP
Environmental activists from the Greenpeace organization dressed up as dead polar bears block a Shell gas station in Buenos Aires. Enrique Marcarian/Reuters
Pakistani vendor Sahib Zada prepares kabobs for customers at his roadside stall on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Anjum Naveed/AP
A woman protestor peeps out from behind a mask of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a symbolic protest outside the gates of the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines. Aaron Favila/AP
A child stands in front of an effigy of the demon Ghantakarna during the Ghantakarna festival at the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
Nasa Indians charge on a soldier in Toribio, southern Colombia. William Fernando Martinez/AP
A man poses for a photograph near a 3D painting at the 2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, on Monday. Stringer/Reuters
A woman crosses a road as activists from the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) hang onto the doorway of a bus along with their fellow protestors while shouting slogans in Kolkata, India. Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
A male South African white lion sits in an enclosure after his arrival at Karachi Zoological Garden in Pakistan. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters
A rickshaw puller waits for passengers in the rain in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Andrew Biraj/Reuters
Fans dressed in tiger costumes watch play on the fifth hole during a practice round ahead of the British Open golf championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes, northern England. Brian Snyder/Reuters
Children lie on hammocks prior to an aquatic procession of the El Carmen Virgin, on Taboga Island in Panama on Monday. Carlos Jasso/Reuters
Participants splash colored water on each other during a water festival in Seoul, South Korea. Lee Jin-man/AP
A female Harris Hawk is held by her handler as she waits to be given access to the Olympic Aquatics center, where she will work as a pest control agent, scaring away pigeons and gulls in the Olympic Park, in Stratford, east London. Andrew Winning/Reuters
Soldiers perform during a medal ceremony for graduates at the Egyptian Military Academy in Cairo. Egyptian Presidency/Handout/Reuters
School children dance inside a classroom ahead of the opening of a container library by the Bill Clinton foundation in celebration of Mandela day at a school in Qunu, South Africa. Siphiwe Sibeko/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.