Judges walk from Westminster Abbey to the Houses of Parliament after a service to mark the start of the legal year, in central London. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
Jung Ha-yoon, 2, appears to be stuck inside a ceramic container while playing with other children at the traditional sports square during the "Taste Korea! Korean Royal Cuisine Festival" held at Unhyeon Palace, also known as Unhyeongung Royal Residence, in Seoul, South Korea. Jacquelyn Martin/AP
Elderly Indians participate in celebrations to mark International Day of Older Persons at an old age home in Ahmadabad, India. Much of the world is not prepared to support the ballooning population of elderly people, including many of the fastest-aging countries, according to a global study scheduled to be released by the United Nations and an elder rights group. Ajit Solanki/AP
Students stand in line on the first day of classes at the National School of Republique des Etats-Unis d'Amerique in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haitian schools opened their doors one month late, to allow parents more time to collect money in order to pay for their children's records from the previous year; a prerequisite to enroll in the current school year. Dieu Nalio Chery/AP
South Korean tourists (l.-r.) Heemok Ann, Eunyi Ji, and Mijung Jung take their own picture in front of the US Capitol dome on Capitol Hill in Washington after the US government shutdown. Larry Downing/Reuters
Paralympic snowboarder Evan Strong poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah. Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Flowers planted in used tear gas canisters are seen on land Palestinians reclaimed two years ago following an Israeli court order to re-route its controversial barrier, in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah. Mohammad Khatib, a Bilin resident, has been collecting the canisters left over from clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians protesters during weekly protests in the West Bank. Mohamad Torokman/Reuters
Carol Stuewe (l.) a volunteer counselor with Insure Central Texas explains health insurance options to Eric Sosa and Nancy Maldonado, in Austin, Texas. Texas hospitals, clinics and charities are gearing up to help uninsured Texans enroll in health care exchanges after Gov. Rick Perry declared the state government would do as little as possible to help implement the Affordable Care Act. Eric Gay/AP
Borcha Sonita, a 16-year-old teenage Roma, waits at an illegal camp in Croix, northern France, before boarding a flight to Romania on a voluntary repatriation scheme. The European Union has threatened France with legal action over its handling of the expulsion of Roma migrants, with the EU's justice commissioner calling France's behavior unacceptable and a disgrace. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
French President Francois Hollande (l.) welcomes Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of Mali, as he arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Philippe Wojazer/Reuters
Laborers carry sand from a quarry on the outskirts of Somalia's capital Mogadishu. Omar Faruk/Reuters
People board a US-made car, used as a private collective taxi, as it rains in Havana September 30th. Collective taxis, also known as "almendron" (big nutshell), have established routes around or near Havana, picking up and dropping off passengers along the way. Desmond Boylan/Reuters
A Paraguayan arranges vegetables during the annual "Karai Octubre" celebrations in Asuncion, Paraguay. Jorge Adorno/Reuters
Benigno Ferrer sleeps as his daughter, Maria Isabel Ferrer Rodriguez, looks at him outside the apartment his family was evicted from, in Madrid, Spain. Ferrer and his family members, unemployed, some on state benefits for the disabled, had been living in the apartment of the State City Hall Housing Company (EMVS) for 24 years. EMVS informed them that they have to move out. Andres Kudacki/AP
Forensics investigators work next to the collapsed upper car park at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says Kenya will keep its troops in Somalia to help that country's beleaguered government battle the armed Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which attacked the mall in Nairobi on Sept. 21 claiming at least 67 lives. Jason Straziuso/AP
An indigenous Indian woman climbs the stairs of the Pantheon of Liberty and Democracy Tancredo Neves with a child during a demonstration against a proposed constitutional amendment known as PEC 215, which amends the rules for demarcation of indigenous lands, in Brasilia, Brazil. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters
Serena Williams of the US looks at the ball during her match against Francesca Schiavone of Italy at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing. Petar Kujundzic/Reuters
Bahraini children clear a road at the end of an anti-government protest demanding to free political prisoners in the western village of Malkiya, Bahrain. Protesters closed the roads with dumpsters and rocks to slow down police raids during the protest. Arabic graffiti on the wall includes 'down Hamad,' referring to Bahrain's king. Hasan Jamali/AP
An elderly Afghan woman carries a sack over her head as she makes her way on a street in the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Allauddin Khan/AP
A Filipino protester shouts slogans with pictures of US President Barack Obama during a rally outside the Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. The group opposed current negotiations to have a larger US military presence in the country. Aaron Favila/AP
The sun rises over Washington DC. 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.