Lebanese firefighters try to extinguish a fire in southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon. Mohammed Zaatari/AP
Hong Kong veteran activists stage a hunger strike during a demonstration in Hong Kong urging the Chinese government to cancel a new course called 'Moral and National Education' which is to be introduced into the school curriculum in the new school year. The writing on the headbands reads 'Hunger Strike.' Kin Cheung/AP
A stray donkey grazes on a debris covered levee after floodwaters from Hurricane Isaac receded in Braithwaite, La. Gerald Herbert/AP
Men ride a bike past a large poster of Fidel Castro in the town of San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba. Franklin Reyes/AP
President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi listens to questions as the Euro logo is reflected in his glasses during a news conference in Frankfurt. Michael Probst/AP
A woman leaves an unemployment bureau in Athens. Petros Giannakouris/AP
Spain's David Ferrer returns a shot against Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia during the quarterfinals of the US Open tennis tournament in New York. Peter Morgan/AP
Britain's Hannah Cockcroft celebrates as she finishes first in the women's 200m T34 final in the Olympic Stadium at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
French Designer Agnes B. arrives for the screening of 'Take This Waltz' at the 38th American Film Festival in Deauville, Normandy, France. Michel Spingler/AP
Aaron Wilhelm of Fall Creek, Wis. harvested corn on land he owns near Eau Claire. Due to low rain amounts and hot weather this year's crop yields have been down. Shane Opatz/Eau Claire Leader-Telegram/AP
New US citizens Eneida Doko (l.) of Beverly, Mass. originally from Albania, and Adriana Castillo Lopez of Lawrence, Mass. originally from the Dominican Republic, pose for photos as others wait their turn after a naturalization ceremony in Fitchburg, Mass. Elise Amendola/AP
A resident of Bella Vista town stands outside the church destroyed by an earthquake in Nicoya, Costa Rica. Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters
Striking mineworkers march outside Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa's North West Province as they await the arrival of freed colleagues. Mike Hutchings/Reuters
A worker labors inside the cooling tower of the nuclear power plant Leibstadt, near the northern Swiss town Leibstadt. The photo is taken with a fish-eye lens. Michael Buholzer/Reuters
A pack of riders cycle during the 18th stage of the Tour of Spain 'La Vuelta' cycling race between Aguilar de Campoo and Valladolid. Miguel Vidal/Reuters
A Bakarwal woman feeds her children inside a temporary camp in Kangan, a small town about 25 miles northeast of Srinagar, India. Bakarwals are nomadic animal herders of Jammu Kashmir state. Dar Yasin/AP
A child walks in front of the pumpkin sculpture 'King Thrushbeard' during the preparations of the autumn exhibition 'Fantastical fairy-tale world' at the horticultural exhibition 'EGA' (Erfurt Garden Construction Exhibition) in Erfurt, central Germany. Jens Meyer/AP
A boy checks wet bed sheets as he dries his laundry by the Buriganga River in Dhaka. Andrew Biraj/Reuters
Monsoon clouds hover over a train track in Gauhati, India. Anupam Nath/AP
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at a meeting with Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, unseen, at the Moncloa Palace, in Madrid, Spain. Andres Kudacki/AP
Members of the guard of honor march to a hall for a welcoming ceremony for the Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Andy Wong/AP
People gather at the unveiling of Baguio city's largest chocolate wedding cake during the opening of the Hotel and Restaurant Association's annual culinary competition in the northern Philippines. Dave Leprozo Jr./AP
Ellen Cosmas, from Australia, looks at a food stand at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012. The nation's largest county fair, running from August 31 to September 30, is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
Performers walk in front of cars during 'The Most Amazing Exhibition and Car Show 2012' at the Myanmar Convention Center (MCC) in Yangon. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters
Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) President Naomi Hirose speaks during an interview with Reuters at the company's headquarters in Tokyo. Yuriko Nakao/Reuters
Kai Kai, a five-year-old male giant panda originally named Wu Jie, looks out from his cage as he is unveiled to the media after arriving at Changi International Airport in Singapore. Kai Kai and Jia Jia, a four-year-old female originally named Hu Bao, are on a 10-year loan from China. Tim Chong/Reuters
Workers sort through coffee beans at the Timor Coffee Cooperative in Dili, East Timor where US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, unseen, visited. Jim Watson/AP
'Lucy' the Yorkshire Terrier glances up on the runway at the 'Furry Friends on the Runway' doggie fashion event at the Ritz Plaza Park in New York Sept. 5, 2012. The event showcased designer and home-made fashion for dogs and featured a 'dog-walk' as opposed to a catwalk seen at regular fashion shows. Andrew Kelly/Reuters
Daisy Pursley walks amongst goats at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
People enjoy a sunset swim at a public beach in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Hassan Ammar/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.