An exiled Tibetan in Dharmsala, India, participates in a candlelight vigil to show solidarity with self-immolators in Tibet. At least 86 people have set themselves on fire since the immolations began in 2009. Ashwini Bhatia/AP
Protesters flee during clashes with police near Tahrir Square in Cairo. Hundreds of demonstrators were in the square for a sixth day demanding that President Mohamed Mursi rescind a decree they say gives him dictatorial powers. Asmaa Waguih/Reuters
Singer Jennifer Lopez performs in Hong Kong during a concert that is part of her 'Dance Again World Tour.' Tyrone Siu/Reuters
A woman whispers to another as they take part in a demonstration in Sanaa, Yemen, to demand that relatives of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh be sacked from top military posts. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
Municipal workers decorate a huge Christmas tree in Red Square near St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. Misha Japaridze/AP
Trees decorated with Christmas lights are reflected in a puddle as people walk along the Unter den Linden promenade in Berlin. Thomas Peter/Reuters
Children look at M23 rebel fighters as they prepare for withdrawal from Karuba, near Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rebels said they would pull out of the city in an apparent stalling of their drive to 'liberate' the whole country. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
Two elephants reach out to each other at the Sonepur cattle fair in Saran district in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. The fair, which is held annually, was originally a cattle and animal market where traders bought and sold livestock on the holy river Ganges. Aftab Alam Siddiqui/AP
Waves crash over lava as it flows into the ocean near Volcanoes National Park in Kalapana, Hawaii, Tuesday. The volcano is creating a rare and spectacular fusion of steam and waves. Hugh Gentry/Reuters
Guests wave Union Flags as they pose with wax figures of Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, during a media briefing for the opening of the Madame Tussauds Tokyo wax museum. The museum will open to the public in March 2013. Issei Kato/Reuters
Children in Tirana eat pieces of a giant cake of the Albanian flag measuring 5,920 square feet to celebrate Albania's 100th Year of Independence. Arben Celi/Reuters
A man takes a picture of a giant Kuratas robot at an exhibition in Tokyo. The four-meter-high, limited edition, made-to-order robot is controlled through a pilot in its cockpit, or via a smartphone. The four-ton robot can be customised in 16 different colors and is armed with a futuristic weapons system, including a multi-rocket launcher that fires plastic rockets filled with compressed water. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
Growers protest against low worldwide coffee prices as they lead a mule loaded with coffee beans in front of the National Federation of Coffee Growers in Bogota, Colombia. Colombia is launching insurance to protect coffee plantations hit by climate change, which has damaged output in the world's top producer of high-quality Arabica beans in recent years. Jose Miguel Gomez/Reuters
A model showcases a wedding dress that lights up by Japanese designer Yumi Katsura during the Japan Couture 2012 Singapore fashion show. Wong Maye-E/AP
Palestinian youths play with a ball on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City. Jerusalem's Old City is holy to the world's three major monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Marko Djurica/Reuters
Somali National Army (SNA) troops line up in the middle of the night ahead of a ground advance as part of a joint SNA and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) operation in an area southwest of Mogadishu, Monday. Stuart Price/AU-UN IST/Reuters
People walk in the Alexandrovsky Garden by the Kremlin walls in Moscow during a snowfall. Misha Japaridze/AP
A Hindu devotee offers prayers in the River Yamuna during Karthik Purnima in New Delhi. Karthik Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu calendar month of Karthik. Kevin Frayer/AP
Kai Kai, one of two Giant Pandas from China, is seen in his enclosure during the grand opening of the Giant Panda Forest exhibit at the River Safari in Singapore. The exhibit opens in 2013, part of an effort to raise public awareness of endangered species. Wong Maye-E/AP
Thai fans perform PSY's 'Gangnam Style' dance before the South Korean rapper speaks at a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand. PSY's upcoming performance in Thailand is his first show in Asia outside of South Korea. Sakchai Lalit/AP
Joggers run past trees on a foggy morning in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, western Germany. Sascha Schuermann/dapd/AP
A three-day-old baby male Asian elephant walks with his mother in their enclosure at Chester Zoo in Chester, northern England. Phil Noble/Reuters
Police officers gather in front of the burned garment factory, Tazreen Fashions, in Savar, Bangladesh. Three supervisors from the factory were arrested. Protests over the fire that killed more than 100 people raged on into a third day, with textile workers and police clashing in the streets of a Dhaka suburb. Andrew Biraj/Reuters
Indian cattle traders ride horses to attract prospective buyers at the Sonepur cattle fair in Saran district in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. Aftab Alam Siddiqui/AP
A Rio de Paz (Peace Rio) member places flowers on a stack of bricks at the Esplanade of Ministries in Brasilia, Brazil, with the National Congress building in the background. The 960 bricks symbolize the number of murders per week in Brazil. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters
Three lawyers listen to a manifesto as they take part in a demonstration in Malaga, Southern Spain, against new court fees imposed by Spain's Justice Minister, in Malaga, southern Spain. Jon Nazca/Reuters
Hindu devotees carry Tulsi or Tulasi plants (Ocimum tenuiflorum) through a religious procession during the holy month of Karthik in Hyderabad, India. Also known as the Holy Basil, the plant is worshipped by Hindus and used for medicinal purposes. Mahesh Kumar A./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.