Bees fly between sunflowers at the Agricenter in Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 25. Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal/AP
A tourist poses for photos with a yellow duck-shaped toy in front of the giant rubber duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, as a security worker guards his position near a lake, at the Summer Palace, once a royal garden in Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), in Beijing. Alexander F. Yuan/AP
Relatives of Haj pilgrims wave in the rain, as they see off their relatives who are leaving Ahmedabad for Mecca in Saudi Arabia to take part in the annual religious Haj pilgrimage. Amit Dave/Reuters
Skipper James Spithill lifts the America's Cup with members of the Oracle Team USA after winning the overall title of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race over Emirates Team New Zealand in San Francisco, California. Robert Galbraith/Reuters
Baltimore Orioles' Jonathan Schoop reacts after teammate Adam Jones covered his face with shaving cream after a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sept. 25. Schoop hit a solo home run in his big league debut and Baltimore won 9-5. Patrick Semansky/AP
A girl waits for US President Barack Obama to speaks about the Affordable Care Act at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Maryland. Obama teamed up with his one-time rivals Bill and Hillary Clinton to highlight the benefits of US health-care reform. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Window cleaners replace banners on the building of Jugoslovensko Dramsko theater in Belgrade, Serbia. Marko Djurica/Reuters
Foreign investigators take a break at the city morgue in Nairobi, Kenya. Forensic experts from around the world, including the US, Britain, and Germany, continued their work, carrying out fingerprint, DNA, and ballistic analysis, said police spokeswoman Gatiria Mboroki. Jerome Delay/AP
Maria Alyokhina, jailed member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, looks out from a defendants' box as she attends a court hearing in Nizhny Novgorod. Alyokhina, convicted of hooliganism for protesting in a Moscow cathedral, appeared in court to appeal for the commutation of her sentence, according to local media. Roman Yarovitsyn/Reuters
A man leaves 'Flower Power,' a vintage camping caravan that was converted into a hotel room at the Base Camp Bonn Young Hostel, the world's first camping trailer and Pullman coach hostel, in Bonn, Germany, Sept. 20, 2013. Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters
Malala Yousafzai speaks after she received the 'Leadership in Civil Society' award at the Clinton Global Initiative 2013 in New York. Carlo Allegri/Reuters
A cow stands watch over her calf in a pasture at the Stephen F. Austin State Walter C. Todd Research Farm north of Nacogdoches, Texas. East Texas cattle producers are facing another dry season. Andrew D. Brosig/The Daily Sentinel/AP
Yemeni boy scouts hold fireworks during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of North Yemen's Sept. 26, 1962 revolution in Sanaa, Yemen. Hani Mohammed/AP
A gibbon named Lele looks out of a window on a bus traveling to the Yunnan Wildlife Park in Kunming, Yunnan province, China, Sept. 25. The new bus line began its trial operation accompanied by some animal stars from the park as a promotional campaign, local media reported. Reuters
On Sept. 25, Iranians walk past a huge poster depicting Iranian soldiers during the war with Iraq in the 1980s. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-10M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with US astronaut Michael Hopkins on board. Photo taken with a fisheye lens and long exposure. Dmitry Lovetsky/AP
A junior debt holder of Spanish lender Bankia takes part in a protest outside the Parliament in Madrid, Spain. The placard reads, 'We want our money.' Juan Medina/Reuters
Born Samnang (l.) and Sok Sam Oeun are blessed with holy water by a Buddhist monk at a pagoda after their release from a prison in Prey Sar, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The two men, wrongly convicted for the 2004 murder of a prominent opposition activist, walked free one day after the country's Supreme Court ordered their release. Heng Sinith/AP
Men and women attend a meeting for a new political party called Movement for Change in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hundreds of men and women gathered to discuss the presidential and parliamentary elections, due in early April next year. Omar Sobhani/Reuters
A man walks up a flight of stairs along walls covered in graffiti in Belgrade, Serbia. Marko Djurica/Reuters
A Pakistani girl walks past a collapsed house following an earthquake in Labach, the remote district of Awaran in Baluchistan province, Pakistan. Two days after the tremor struck, rescuers were still struggling to help survivors. Arshad Butt/AP
An Asiana Airlines airplane takes off as construction workers attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a second terminal of the Incheon Airport in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea. The airport has begun a $4.6 billion expansion to increase its passenger handling capacity 41 percent by 2017. Lee Jae-Won/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.