People release doves as a symbol of peace at the Yasukuni Shrine for the war dead in Tokyo, on the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II. Issei Kato/Reuters
A child holds up plucked weeds as he tries to help his family members working at a white beets paddy farm in the outskirt of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Heng Sinith/AP
Yelena Babkini sits on a bicycle in her wedding dress in Gorky Park after having been married earlier in the day in Moscow. Gary Hershorn/Reuters
A poster of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi lies on the ground as military police stand outside the burnt Rabaa Adawiya mosque, the morning after the clearing of a protest camp, in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called on followers to march in protest, after at least 421 people were killed in a security crackdown on the Islamist movement. Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters
A supporter of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi holds up his photo while standing on top of lamp posts during a march to show solidarity with his supporters in Egypt, in Sanaa, Yemen. The poster reads "We are all with legitimacy". Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters
The moon is seen in its waxing gibbous stage as birds fly over the parking lot at MetLife Stadium following an international friendly soccer match between Mexico and Ivory Coast in East Rutherford, NJ. Julio Cortez/AP
Small screens show South Korean President Park Geun-hye as participants listen to her speech during a ceremony to mark the South Korean Liberation Day from Japanese colonial rule in 1945 in Seoul, South Korea. Lee Jin-man/AP
Against a yellowing sky, a boy flies a kite from the roof of a house as other kites seem to flock in the sky above New Delhi, India, on Independence Day. People traditionally fly kites on this day as they mark the anniversary of independence from British colonial rule in 1947. Tsering Topgyal/AP
This Brown Anole displays a red warning from his throat an as he protects his territory on a post at Cedar Key, Fla. These lizards are about 8 inches long and lives in shrubs, trees, fences, or rocks and like to be fairly close to the ground for escape. The lizards eat all kinds of insects such as spiders, ants, grasshoppers, and beetles. Phil Sandlin/AP
Polonski, a horse belonging to jockey Alessio Migheli of the Torre (Tower) parish, is led by the "Barbaresco" before the fourth of six trial horse races in Del Campo square in Siena, Italy. On July 2 and August 16, almost without fail since the mid-1600s, 10 riders compete bareback around Siena's shell-shaped central square in a bid to win the Palio, a silk banner depicting the Madonna and child. Stefano Rellandini/Reuters
Volunteers playing the parts of victims wait to enter a decontamination tent during a mock terrorism exercise at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, England. The exercise, involving emergency services, is the first of three taking place across Europe as part of an EU funded initiative to improve the preparedness and resilience of member states to a terrorist attack. Darren Staples/Reuters
A visitor pretends to fight with Charging Bull statue created by Italian-American artist Arturo Di Modica in Shanghai, China. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
A competitor of "Queen of the Elderly 2013" beauty contest performs along with others on stage in a theater in Monterrey, Mexico. 18 finalists will be chosen to compete in the final event on August 23. Daniel Becerril/Reuters
Women wash clothes in Lake Managua in Momotombo town, Nicaragua. Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters
A man wearing a headband with the rising sun mark is seen at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on the anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to a controversial shrine for war dead - the anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two - but did not visit in person. ssei Kato/Reuters
Silver medal winner Jennifer Simpson of the United States, left, congratulates Sweden's Abeba Aregawi on her gold medal-winning performance in the women's 1500-meter final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia. David J. Phillip/AP
Ivan Ukhov of Russia clears the bar in the men's high jump final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
A Pakistani girl hangs house linens and clothes as weather cleared after two days of heavy rains in Islamabad, Pakistan. Torrential rains battered different parts of the country. B.K. Bangash/AP
A Bahraini anti-government protester reacts to tear gas fired by riot police, unseen, in the village of Shakhura, Bahrain. Bahraini protesters clashed with riot police in neighborhoods around the capital and stores shut their doors amid opposition calls for a general strike, but a tight security clampdown appears to have stopped large-scale demonstrations in the city. Hasan Jamali/AP
Israeli border policemen detain an ultra-Orthodox protester during clashes at a construction site in the town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem. For a third day in a row some 100 ultra-Orthodox men clashed with police during protests against ongoing construction at a site they believe contains ancient Jewish graves. Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
A woman takes a photo of people crowded on the beach in Nice, southeastern France. Temperatures on the French Riviera reached 34 degree Celsius (93 Fahrenheit). Lionel Cironneau/AP
Workers apply tinting to the windows on The United States Institute of Peace building in Washington DC. The work is being done to reduce excess brightness inside the vast atrium. The building, designed by architect Moshe Safdie, was completed in 2011 and the roof symbolizes a white dove of peace in flight. Kevin Lamarque/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.