People hold a giant Spanish flag during a rally at Madrid's Colon Square for the defense of the unity of Spain on the 34th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution. Susana Vera/Reuters
Britain's Prince William stands next to his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London. The couple are expecting their first child and the Duchess was admitted to hospital suffering from a severe form of morning sickness in the early stages of her pregnancy. Alastair Grant/AP
View of Et Si? Installation by artist Daniel Knipper is seen during the rehearsal for the 'Festival of Lights' in central Lyon, France, late Wednesday night. The festival, with designers from all over the world, is one of Lyon’s most famous and will run from December 6 to 9. Robert Pratta/Reuters
Riders on horseback try to get the goat during a friendly buzkashi game in Kabul, Afghanistan. Buzkashi is the national sport of Afghanistan. Players fight to place a goat carcass into a circle goal. Musadeq Sadeq/AP
Palestinians wave flags during a rally in Gaza City, Gaza, marking the 45th anniversary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Adel Hana/AP
Residents impacted by Tuesday's storm line up for relief supplies at an evacuation center in New Bataan township, Compostela Valley, in the southern Philippines. The powerful typhoon has killed hundreds of people with nearly 400 missing, authorities said. Bullit Marquez/AP
An elderly woman gets a free eye exam at a camp in Mumbai, India, set up to mark the anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar's death. Ambedkar, an untouchable, or dalit, and a prominent Indian freedom fighter, was the chief architect of the Indian Constitution, which outlawed discrimination based on caste. Rajanish Kakade/AP
Two girls play in the snow on the bank of an island in the middle of the Yenisei River, where the air temperature reached minus 7.6 degrees Fahrenheit, in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
A cat sits in front of damaged shops in the Damascus suburb of Douma, Syria. Moataz al-Qanawati/Reuters
Artist Leonid Rabichev stands near the entrance to an exhibition at Moscow's Manezh hall. The 89-year-old Rabichev was one of the artists whose works were banned by Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev after an exhibition in the hall in December 1962. Fifty years later, some of the banned canvases are on display again at the same Manezh hall. Critics compare Khruschev's ban to recent charges against the Pussy Riot band and artists whose paintings have angered the Kremlin and Russia’s dominant Orthodox Church. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
Firefighters climb down a building during a drill at a firefighter training base in Chongqing Municipality in China. At least 300 personnel and 30 fire engines participated in the exercise. Shi Tou/Reuters
German Bundeswehr army soldiers dressed as Saint Nicholas and Santa's little helpers walk to distribute gifts at the combat outpost OP North, near Baghlan, northern Afghanistan. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
A devotee offers prayers to the setting sun on the 20th anniversary of the Babri mosque demolition in Ayodhya, India. In 1992, tens of thousands of Hindu extremists ripped apart the 16th century Babri mosque at Ayodhya in northern India as security forces watched. Hindus say it is the birthplace of their god Rama. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
A security guard patrols the Planalto Palace designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia, Brazil. Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late on Wednesday. He was 104. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters
A NASA handout released December 5 shows a composite image of Asia and Australia at night, assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. The image was made possible by the satellite's 'day-night band' of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as city lights, gas flares, auroras, wildfires and reflected moonlight. NASA Earth Observatory/Reuters
A worker controls a tapping of a blast furnace at Europe's largest steel factory in Germany's industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp AG in the western German city of Duisburg. Ina Fassbender/Reuters
A man feeds a turtledove on the beach in Nice, France. Eric Gaillard/Reuters
Taylor Swift and LL Cool J host the Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday. Harrison McClary/Reuters
A young boy named Deepak performs with a moustache painted on his face while seeking alms from onlookers in Mumbai, India. Deepak and his family members perform on the street on a daily basis to make a living. Rafiq Maqbool/AP
Jane Abbott Lighty (l.) and her partner Pete-e Petersen raise their right hands as they take an oath in Seattle while receiving the first marriage license for a same-sex couple in King County. King County began issuing the licenses immediately upon certification of the November election that passed Referendum 74. Elaine Thompson/AP
People paddle their kayaks as they practice in the waters of Sukhana Lake in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. Ajay Verma/Reuters
Hassan Mekki, a Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens. Mekki, who fled conflict in his country in hopes of a better life in Europe, said he was attacked in August 2012 by a group of men holding Greek flags and was left with the deep wounds on his back, throat and neck, about five months after he illegally entered Greece. He believes his attackers were likely tied to the far-right Golden Dawn party. 'I don't have the right papers, so I can't go anywhere to ask for help,' Mekki said. Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
Liu Xia, wife of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, poses with a photo of her and her husband during her first interview in more than two years at her home in Beijing. Liu trembled uncontrollably and cried as she described how her confinement under house arrest has been emotionally draining in the two years since her jailed activist husband was named a Nobel Peace laureate. Ng Han Guan/AP
Cale Wood inspects his shed where debris was tossed around in Auckland, New Zealand, following a tornado. A small tornado ripped through the city killing three people and forcing 250 more to evacuate damaged and powerless homes. Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald/AP
Rescuers evacuate a pregnant woman and her child who survived the flooding in New Bataan town, Compostela Valley, southern Philippines, after Typhoon Bopha hit land. Erik De Castro/Reuters
Fourth-graders Haley Price (l.) and Sofie Farmer raise the American flag at Toliver Elementary School in Danville, Ky. Clay Jackson/The Advocate Messenger/AP
A Syrian man jumps over barbed wire as he tries to cross the border from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
Finnish Artti Rahko poses with his unique self-made art car at the motor show in Essen, Germany. The automobile enthusiast, who lives in the US, built his car from two Mercedes plus parts from 40 other brands. Martin Meissner/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.