People watch Italy's Mount Etna, Europe's tallest and most active volcano, spewing lava as it erupts on the southern island of Sicily, Italy, Sunday. Antonio Parrinello/Reuters
Brazilian indigenous people watch fireworks exploding in the sky during the closing ceremony of the XII Games of the Indigenous People in Cuiaba, Brazil. Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
A pro-Kurdish demonstrator displays his tattoo as he attends a rally marking the 20th anniversary of the introduction of a ban of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Berlin, Saturday. Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
Baltimore Ravens players leave the field as play was suspended for a severe thunderstorm blowing through Soldier Field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, in Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP
An old woman survivor walks past toppled cars outside a church at typhoon-hit Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Saturday. Aaron Favila/AP
A woman reads a lists with the names of passengers who were aboard Russian passenger airliner, Boeing 737, crashed in Kazan, about 450 miles east of Moscow, Sunday. Nikolai Alexandrov/AP
Climate activists march to campaign against global warming, in downtown Warsaw, Poland, Saturday. The demonstration coincides with a two-week United Nations conference that is to prepare the groundwork for a new climate deal expected in 2015. Alik Keplicz/AP
A Filipino man prays during a Mass at Santo Nino church, which was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines, Sunday. Dita Alangkara/AP
A "Zwarte Piet" or "Black Pete," jokes with children after arriving with Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas, by steamboat in Hoorn, north-western Netherlands, Saturday. The tradition of Sinterklaas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, is the subject of debate, where opponents say Black Petes are an offensive caricature of black people while supporters say Pete is a figure of fun whose appearance is harmless, his face soot-stained from going down chimneys to deliver presents to children. Peter Dejong/AP
A demonstrator, foreground, turns his back to the parade of Sinterklaas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, and his blackface sidekick "Zwarte Piet," or Black Pete, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday. Peter Dejong/AP
The Red Bull pit crew change tires on Sebastian Vettel of Germany's car during the third practice session for the Formula One US Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Saturday, in Austin, Texas. Darron Cummings/AP
An apple is placed on top of ballots at a polling station during Chile's general elections in Santiago, Chile, Sunday. More than 13.5 million Chileans went to the polls to choose their new president among nine candidates. Luis Hidalgo/AP
Young Sikhs participate in a religious procession on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in Amritsar, India, Saturday. Prabhjot Gill/AP
Boston College band members before an NCAA college football game against the North Carolina State in Boston, Saturday, Michael Dwyer/AP
A Palestinian youth covers his ears while gunmen pass by shooting in the air, during a military parade commemorating the ninth anniversary of the death of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday. Nasser Nasser/AP
Emergency workers carry bags of trash during the ongoing street cleaning unions' strike in Madrid, Saturday. Javier Barbancho/Reuters
People look at a 1939 Buick Straight 8 during judging at the annual Concours d'Elegance, a car show that puts on display classic and vintage cars, at the Ngong Racecourse in Kenya's capital Nairobi, Sunday. Noor Khamis/Reuters
Visitors to the forbidden city carry children holding the Chinese national flags in Beijing, China, Saturday. Some 15 million Chinese parents will be allowed to have a second baby after the Chinese government announced Friday that couples where one partner has no siblings can have two children, in the first significant easing of the country’s strict one-child policy in nearly three decades. Ng Han Guan/AP
Saori Sakoda (c.) of Japan spikes the ball against Dominican Republic during their FIVB Women's Volleyball Grand Champions Cup 2013 in Tokyo, Saturday. Toru Hanai/Reuters
An old widow sits at a dharmsala, rest house for pilgrims, as she waits for others to perform morning rituals in Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday. Much of the world is not prepared to support the ballooning population of elderly people according to a global study released by the United Nations and an elder rights group. Biswaranjan Rout/AP
A tree stands near fog over the central Bosnian town of Vitez on the Lisac mountain range during sunset, Sunday. Dado Ruvic/Reuters
US Marine Maj. John Orio examines a crab given to him by a resident in appreciation of the US dropping off relief supplies Saturday, on Manicani island, Eastern Samar province in central Philippines. Bullit Marquez/AP
Visitors take pictures of hot-air balloons flying overhead during the 12th International Hot-Air Balloon Festival at the Metropolitano park in Leon, Mexico. Daniel Becerril/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.