A Russian serviceman holds a flag during a military parade rehearsal in Red Square in Moscow. Maxim Shemetov/Reuters
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Shaolin monks perform qigong, a type of traditional Chinese martial arts, during the opening ceremony of the fourth Southern Shaolin Martial Arts Cultural Festival in Putian city, Fujian province, Thursday. Reuters
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A worker's hands are covered with gunpowder as he makes fire crackers at a factory in Kolkata, India. Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
An Afghan man waits for customers at his timber shop in Kabul, Afghanistan. Adnan Abidi/Reuters
An opposition activist sleeps inside an election precinct as election official scramble to tally votes for nearly a week in Kiev, Ukraine. Nearly a week after Ukraine's parliamentary election, officials on Friday still scrambled to tally votes in several key districts across the country, in what the opposition says is a clear example of widespread vote rigging by the ruling party. Sergei Chuzavkov/AP
Li Zijun of China competes during the ladies' short program at the Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Shanghai. Carlos Barria/Reuters
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People travel in a bus from Manhattan back to the Brooklyn borough in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in New York on Thursday. Carlo Allegri/Reuters
An Indian man Shyam Lal shaves at his doorstep as his wife sits outdoor at an impoverished neighborhood in New Delhi, India. Altaf Qadri/AP
A riot police officer stands guard after Friday prayers near the al-Fatah mosque in Tunis, Tunisia. Anis Mili/Reuters
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Employees of the Greek Technical Chamber hold a protest outside the finance ministry in Athens. Yorgos Karahalis/Reuters
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A child stands as followers of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr pray together in the Sadr City neighborhood in Baghdad, Iraq. Karim Kadim/AP
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Dennis Enarson of the US performs with his BMX bike during a training session at The Grand Palais in Paris. Francois Mori/AP
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US and Afghan soldiers take a knee near a US Army Chinook during an operation near the town of Walli Was in Paktika province on Thursday. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
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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.