George Kitchens of the US competes in the men's long jump qualifying round during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
A girl holds a tortoise as she plays with it inside a temple during the Pancha Dan (giving away of five elements) festival in Lalitpur, Nepal. The festival is celebrated by the Newar and Buddhist community by giving away five elements, which include wheat grains, rice grains, salt, money and fruit. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
Couples compete in a kissing competition at a shopping mall on the Qixi Festival in Quanzhou, Fujian province, China. Qixi, also known as the Double Seventh Festival and the Chinese version of Valentine's Day, falls on the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar. Over a hundred couples attended the competition which required them to kiss in different postures for as long as possible, local media reported. Stringer/Reuters
A Scotland soccer fan stands in a fountain in Trafalgar Square in central London. Fans gathered in the city center ahead of the international friendly soccer match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium. Toby Melville/Reuters
Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, handles a Harris Hawk, during a falconry display as he attends the Anglesey Show, in Anglesey, North Wales. The Anglesey Show is the largest two day agricultural event in North Wales. Andrew Yates/AP
An elderly Georgian man is draped with the US state flag as he looks at a memorial for those who died in wars in the Georgian breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and North Ossetia in Tbilisi. Shakh Aivazov/AP
A supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi carries wood to burn in a fire barricade at the sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in Cairo's Nasr City district, Egypt. Egyptian police in riot gear swept in with armored vehicles and bulldozers to clear two sprawling encampments of supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president in Cairo, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out. Manu Brabo/AP
An Ultra-Orthodox protester protects himself as Israeli police fire a water cannon to disperse protesters during clashes in the town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem. Ultra-Orthodox protesters clashed with police and other security forces in the town of Beit Shemesh after a group of them broke into a construction site to prevent work from taking place at the site they believe contains ancient graves. Baz Ratner/Reuters
An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard as a Kashmiri boy walks past in Srinagar, India. Security has been beefed up across the Kashmir valley ahead of India's Independence Day. Mukhtar Khan/AP
Untouched homes are next to the ashes of a home and blackened foliage near Rockport, Utah. The wildfire, which appears to have been started by lightning, has burned about 400 acres. Deseret News/Ravell Call/AP
A paramilitary policeman reacts as he crawls with his comrades in the sand during heat endurance training in Hefei, Anhui province, China. The temperature in Hefei reached 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Stringer/Reuters
An investigator looks through debris of a UPS A300 cargo plane after it crashed on approach at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama. The two pilots aboard were killed. Hal Yeager/AP
Participants carry the portraits of Korean women who were made sex slaves by the Japanese military during World War II at a requiem ceremony for former comfort woman Lee Yong-nyeo in central Seoul. Lee, who was one of the few surviving sex slaves, or 'comfort women', for wartime Japanese soldiers, died on Sunday, according to local media. Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters
A man tries to dodge a bull during the 'Barrete Verde e das Salinas' festival in Alcochete, near Lisbon, Portugal. This festival began in 1941, and its main attraction is the release of bulls on the streets of the city. Rafael Marchante/Reuters
South Koreans take part in a candlelight demonstration demanding the resignation of President Park Geun-Hye and calling for reform at the national spy agency in central Seoul. According to local media reports, the spy agency's former chief Won Sei-hoon, who served under the regime of former President Lee Myung-Bak, was indicted on June 14, 2013 on charges of ordering an online smear campaign to sway public opinion in favor of the ruling Saenuri Party candidate Park Geun-hye before last December's presidential election, in violation of the country's election law. Lee Jae-Won/Reuters
A police vehicle is pushed off of the 6th of October bridge by protesters close to the largest sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo, Egypt. Sabry Khaled/El Shorouk Newspaper/AP
A woman stands on a lotus-shaped island as a boatman takes tourists for a ride around a lake at Zizhuyuan Park, known as Purple Bamboo Park in Beijing, China. Purple Bamboo Park, one of the seven biggest parks in Beijing, is a classical Chinese garden which draws many tourists. Andy Wong/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.