A giant sculpture of a baby titled 'Planet' is unveiled in Singapore at the Gardens By The Bay. 'Planet' was created by British artist Marc Quinn in 2008 and represents a 7-month-old child made out of painted bronze and steel, with the illusion of being weightless and suspended in mid-air. This sculpture is the newest addition at the Gardens By The Bay, one of the city-state's newer attractions. Wong Maye-E/AP
German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks at an egg at the Internationale Gruene Woche (International Green Week) agriculture and food fair on its opening day in Berlin. The annual exhibition of food stuffs and agricultural products is one of the world's largest of its kind and runs until January 27 in the German capital. Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
Passengers of a bus fleeing fighting between Islamist militants and French and Malian troops wait at a checkpoint in Sarakala, Mali. French troops' initial clashes with Islamist militants in Mali have shown that the desert fighters are better trained and equipped than France had anticipated before last week's military intervention, French and other UN diplomats said. Joe Penney/Reuters
Cows stand in a burn out paddock after wildfires swept through the township of Seaton, Australia. Wildfires raging across southern Australia have killed one man and destroyed several homes. Police say the body of a man was found Friday in a burned-out car near the small town of Seaton, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of Melbourne in Victoria state. Andrew Brownbill/AP
An Egyptian youth yells at riot police during a protest held by Muslim Salafi groups against the French military attacks in Mali, in front of the French embassy in Cairo, Egypt. France launched airstrikes on Jan. 11, to help the government of Mali defeat al-Qaida-linked militants. Khalil Hamra/AP
People wait with dogs and birds before receiving blessings from a priest in a church in Xochimilco, on the outskirts of Mexico City, January 17, 2013. People take their animals to churches to be blessed during the day of Saint Anthony Abate, the patron saint of domestic animals. Edgard Garrido/Reuters
Police officers search the Venice Beach breakwater for a suspect, possibly armed with a handgun, who ran from a vehicle being pursued by police in the Venice section of Los Angeles, California, January 17, 2013. The suspect and another man confronted a Santa Monica grocery store employee with a handgun and fled in their vehicle as officers arrived, police said. Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters
Elisabeth Goergl of Austria goes airborne during the second training session in the women's downhill event at the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Giampiero Sposito/Reuters
A believer immerses himself in a pool outside an Orthodox church during a ceremony to mark Epiphany in temperatures around minus 20 Celsius (minus 4 Fahrenheit) in Vladivostok. Orthodox Christians celebrate the religious holiday of Epiphany according to the Gregorian calendar on January 19. Yuri Maltsev/Reuters
A fan with a painted face attends the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Daniel Munoz/Reuters
A girl dries her scarf on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India. Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
Christian pilgrims exit from the water after a ceremony at the baptismal site known as Qasr el-Yahud on the banks of the Jordan River near the West Bank city of Jericho. Over a thousand Orthodox Christians flocked to the Jordan River to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany at the traditional site where it is believed John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Baz Ratner/Reuters
Residents push a car in flood waters in west Jakarta, Indonesia. Severe floods in Jakarta eased on Friday, a day after unusually heavy monsoon rains swamped parts of the Indonesian capital in waist-deep water and left more than 18,000 people homeless. Supri/Reuters
Two emperor nautilus sea creatures swim in an aquarium at the Resorts World Sentosa's Marine Life Park in Singapore. The oceanarium is a new tourist attraction after being opened late 2012 as part of the attraction's efforts to boost visitor numbers. Wong Maye-E/AP
A man looks at icicles at Gibson's Cave in Teesdale northeastern England. Britain's could be hit heavy snow which is expected hit larger areas of Britain and travel companies have warned of widespread disruptions. Owen Humphreys/PA/AP
Tourists are silhouetted as they watch sunset from the roof of a wooden boat on the Tonle Sap River near Chroy Changvar village in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Heng Sinith/AP
The All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787 Dreamliner which made an emergency landing on Wednesday is seen at Takamatsu airport in western Japan. Issei Kato/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.