US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence after lighting candles in memory of the 20 children and six school workers killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School one year ago, in the Map Room at the White House in Washington, Saturday. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
A young Pro-European integration protester stands in front of a riot police line during a mass rally at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. Marko Djurica/Reuters
African migrants leave their open detention facility, which began operating last week in the southern Israeli desert. Israeli parliament's new regulations enables authorities to send migrants to "open facilities." Migrants detained there will be able to leave the facility during the day but must return at night, and they will not be allowed to seek employment. Amir Cohen/Reuters
A girl helps her father cast his vote for the presidential election, at a polling station in Santiago, Chile, on Sunday. Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
Oakland Raiders fan Pablo Navarro, aka 2Zack, poses for photographs in the O.co Coliseum parking lot before an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs in Oakland, Calif., Sunday. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
A youth looks on as villagers sing and dance at a street waiting for the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela, just outside the village of Qunu, Saturday. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
A protester marches with paint on her face reading "healthcare" during a protest against the government's austerity measures in Madrid, Spain, Sunday. Andres Kudacki/AP
A group of Zulu warriors, from KwaZulu Natal watch a fly past near a public viewing tent during the burial of former South African president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday. Antoine de Ras/AP
Ice fisherman Bill Winberg and Seamus, a miniature Schnauzer, endure freezing temperatures to enjoy his favorite sport near Ashland, Ill., Sunday. Seth Perlman/AP
Army cadets, (top), call out to Navy midshipmen as they march on the field before an NCAA college football game, Saturday, in Philadelphia. Matt Slocum/AP
Pope Francis (c.) arrives in the Paul VI hall to meet with volunteers of the Santa Marta Vatican Institute at the Vatican, Saturday. Gregorio Borgia/AP
A member of British performing group "Plant Men" attempts to give a free hug to a woman to celebrate the Christmas festival season at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, Saturday. Kin Cheung/AP
A soldier linked to Anti-Balaka Christian militiamen, guards their camp in the Boeing neighborhood of the Central African Republic's capital Bangui, Sunday. The leader of the Christian militia says his fighters won’t put down their rebellion until President Michel Djotodia is gone from power, raising the specter of a prolonged sectarian conflict in the country. Jerome Delay/AP
Syrian refugees eat their lunch outside their tents at a refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal, Lebanon, Sunday. Charities have distributed blankets, mattresses, kerosene heaters, winter clothes and coupons for fuel ahead of the region’s unprecedented storm this week. Bilal Hussein/AP
Lois Vosen(l.) and Alex Peine watch Stephanie Peine take a photo of her grandparents grave at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, Minn., Saturday. Thousands of wreaths with red bows were placed on all the graves at the cemetery by family members and volunteers with the Wreaths for the Fallen Organization. Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch/AP
An Indian gay rights activist participates in a protest against a Supreme Court verdict that criminalizes homosexuality in Mumbai, India, Sunday. Rafiq Maqbool/AP
A couple walks on a snow-covered street in Jerusalem, Saturday. Baz Ratner/Reuters
Indian women farmers carry fire wood on their heads at Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand state, India, Saturday. Firewood is in great demand in northern cities for heating at homes with the onset of winter. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Competitors race in the final of the men's ski cross World Cup event of Val Thorens, French Alps, Sunday. Laurent Cipriani/AP
A Los Angeles Police Department officer holds a shotgun after it was surrendered during a gun buyback program organized by Mayor Eric Garcetti's Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office in Los Angeles, California, Saturday. Kevork Djansezian/Reuters
A cyclist rides on a snow covered lakeshore trail, Saturday, in Chicago. Kiichiro Sato/AP
Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather speeds down the course on her way to win an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Saturday. Marco Trovati/AP
Former Robben Island Political Prisoner Mncedisi Siswana, and now a tour guide, talks to visitors early in the morning after an all night vigil in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, off the coast of Cape Town, Saturday. Mark Wessels/Reuters
Hundreds of participants, some wearing Santa hats, join the 10-Kilometer Fun Run to raise funds for the survivors of super typhoon Haiyan in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Saturday. Bullit Marquez/AP
Ukrainian riot police stand behind their shields as they block a street between pro and anti-government protestors in central Kiev, Saturday. Marko Djurica/Reuters
A displaced woman rests as she waits in line for food distribution in Socati stadium in Bangui, Central African Republic, Saturday. Emmanuel Braun/Reuters
A woman pushes her bike along Primrose Hill in north London. Neil Hall/Reuters
UN peacekeepers stand in line at a welcome ceremony for Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta at the UN headquarters in Tyre, Lebanon, Saturday. Ali Hashisho/Reuters
Dan Robertson (c.) gestures while wrestling with Jill Corey as holiday revelers dressed as Santa Claus gather in Duboce Park during the SantaCon event in San Francisco, Saturday. Stephen Lam/Reuters
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.