North Korean men and women dance in front of the Monument to Party Founding in Pyongyang, North Korea. The dancing performance is held to celebrate the day the late North Korean leader Kim Jung Il began his work at the central committee of the communist nation's ruling Workers' Party in 1964. Alexander F. Yuan/AP
A dog, named Sare drinks water from a fountain in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Hot weather has set in with temperatures rising up to 34 Celsius (93 Fahrenheit) in Belgrade. Darko Vojinovic/AP
Iraqi anti-terrorism special forces in camouflage gear prepare for a simulated hijacking of a plane, during a training exercise in Baghdad airport, Iraq. Iraqi police performed an operational-tactical drill on how to manage a crisis situation caused by a terrorist act in civil aviation. Had Misbrand/AP
A pigeon drinks water from a fountain in front of a Wilhelm Tell monument during warm and sunny weather in Altdorf, Switzerland. Alexandra Wey/Keystone/AP
An Indian woman rings bells at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India. Hundreds of tantric Sadhus, or holy men from an esoteric form of Hinduism, gather to perform rituals at the temple during the annual Ambubasi festival that begins from June 22. Anupam Nath/AP
A priest baptises a child at Novopyatigorsk lake near the Russian southern town of Pyatigorsk. About 80 people were baptized by a Russian Orthodox church during the ceremony. Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters
Members of the Free Syrian use a video camera to record the scene outside, in the old city of Aleppo. Muzaffar Salman/Reuters
Pakistanis watch as an acrobat rides his motorcycle around a circular track, at an entertainment park set up outside a shrine in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
A traffic jam forms on a highway blocked because of a fire at a military depot near Chapaevsk in the Samara region of southern Russia. Exploding shells set off a fire that was triggering explosions at a military depot in southern Russia. Anatoly Bazhukov/AP
Children play on the renovated Left Bank of the Seine river where a new promenade has been inaugurated in Paris. The 2.3 km (1.4 miles) walkway offers gardens, cafes, culture and sports activities. Jacques Brinon/AP
Tibetan refugees use a boat to cross a market along the banks of the river Yamuna, in New Delhi, India. At least 102 people have died and 63,000 people remain stranded in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand following torrential monsoon rains, landslides, and cloud bursts. Manish Swarup/AP
Palestinian youths march during a military style exercise run by Hamas during a scouting summer camp next to the border between Egypt and Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. Adel Hana/AP
A close-up view of a sedated elephant's eye is seen during a relocation exercise. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) wardens relocated to a national park, 10 elephants that were encroaching on community land, on the margins of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya. Siegfried Modola/Reuters
An Indian villager keeps a watch as his herd of buffalo graze on the outskirts of the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, India. Biswaranjan Rout/AP
Members of an honor guard stand in line as they prepare for a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
People were sunning at Goose Lake in Anchorage, Alaska, June 17th. Parts of Alaska are setting high temperature records as a heat wave continues with temperatures in the 80s and 90s, which is unusually hot for Alaska, where few buildings have air conditioning. Mark Thiessen/AP
A child's toy Ferrari is parked between two hatchbacks at the Hale Barns Cricket Club in Altrincham, Cheshire, northern England. Phil Noble/Reuters
A woman holds a child as she begs for money near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. Marko Djurica/Reuters
Young Palestinians take part in a military-style graduation ceremony organized by the Hamas movement in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. A Hamas trainer said that the movement trains young Palestinians to be prepared to confront any possible Israeli attack on Gaza. Suhaib Salem/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.