A Free Syrian army fighter fires his weapon in Suleiman Al-Halabi neighbourhood of Aleppo, Saturday. Hamid Khati/Reuters
France's David Hauss jumps onto his bicycle during the transition from swimming to the cycling leg of the men's race in the ITU World Triathlon Series, at Hyde Park in London, Sunday. /Luke MacGregor/Reuters
Noe Sura (r.) and her brother Eli play in the mud clogged ground around their home after days of flooding, on the southern edge of Boulder, Colo., Saturday. Brennan Linsley/AP
A newly unveiled statue honoring four slain young church girls graces the corner of Kelly Ingram Park, across the street from the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., Sunday. The congregation gathered outside the church for the wreath laying ceremony at the spot where a bomb was detonated 50 years ago by the Ku Klux Klan, killing four young girls. Hal Yeager/AP
Students wearing traditional dresses dance during a parade commemorating Costa Rica's Independence Day in San Jose, Sunday. Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters
Cadets celebrate after a graduation ceremony at Officers Training Academy in Chennai, India, Saturday. Arun Sankar K./AP
Puff adders mate in Nairobi national park, Kenya, Sunday. The puff adder is one of the deadliest snakes in Africa. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
Two members of a Casteller kiss each other before they start making their "castell", or human tower, during the last day of the Poble Nou fiestas in Barcelona , Spain Sunday. Emilio Morenatti/AP
Women attend a prayer at al-Zaytoun Roman Catholic Church in Damascus, Syria, Saturday. Government troops are battling for the ancient Christian village of Maaloula northeast of the capital of Damascus that was a major tourist attraction before the civil war. AP
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish teen uses a magnifying glass to check a palm frond for blemishes at a market in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood, Sunday. The palm frond is used in rituals during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which begins at sundown Wednesday. Baz Ratner/Reuters
A cadet dressed in an alligator mascot outfit joins fellow cadets in a salute during the national anthem before an NCAA college football game between Army and Stanford on Saturday, in West Point, N.Y. Mike Groll/AP
Villagers are housed in temporary shelters as they camped out at a stadium to flee the fighting between government forces and Muslim rebels Saturday in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. Bullit Marquez/AP
Children ride their bicycles in an empty street in Jerusalem during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Saturday. Ammar Awad/Reuters
Lindsey Wright of Australia chips the ball out of a bunker onto the 14th green during the second round of the women's Evian Championship golf tournament in Evian, France, Saturday. Denis Balibouse/Reuters
Rain water pours into the beach due to heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Manuel in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday. Bernandino Hernandez/AP
Fans cheers on the set of ESPN's College Gameday before an NCAA college football game between Alabama and Texas A&M on Saturday, in College Station, Texas. David J. Phillip/AP
A bird stands in front of the Costa Concordia ship as it lies on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday. Andrew Medichini/AP
Competitors in fancy dresses pass through a container filled with mud during 'Extremerun' in the Central Swiss town of Malters, Saturday. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
Decorated cows walk on a street in Mutters, some 17 miles south of the western Austrian city of Innsbruck, Saturday. Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters
An employee stands near the space suits of US astronaut Michael Hopkins, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Saturday. Sergei Remezov/Reuters
Lindsey Opso displays a Spring/Summer design by Andres Sarda during Madrid's Fashion Week, in Madrid, Spain, Saturday. Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP
People pedal as they enjoy a carousel at The Musee des Arts Forains during the 30th edition of France's European heritage days "Journees europeennes du Patrimoine" in Paris,Saturday. Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy takes a curve during the fourth practice session of the San Marino Grand Prix in Misano circuit in central Italy, Saturday. Max Rossi/Reuters
Balloons with a paper cut-out of Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk flies above protesters during an anti-government protest in central Warsaw. Reuters. Kacper Pempel/Reuters
A masked Palestinian member of the Ezz Al-Din Al Qassam militia, the military wing of Hamas, holds his weapon during a march in Gaza City, Saturday. Hatem Moussa/AP
A young girl climbs a large piece of driftwood at low tide in Porteau Cove, British Columbia north of Vancouver, Andy Clark/Reuters
Rachel Kim of Virginia celebrates at the finish line after completing the Color In Motion 5k run with more than 12,000 other runners in Washington, Saturday. Jim Bourg/Reuters
Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Hanigan grounds into a double play during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, in Milwaukee. Morry Gash/AP
Villagers known as "Badjao" seek temporary shelter on their boats at a pier to flee the fighting between government forces and Muslim rebels at sunset Saturday, in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. Bullit Marquez/AP
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.