Hindu devotees offer prayers at Sangam, the confluence of Hindu holy rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, early morning on the auspicious occasion of 'Basant Panchami' at the annual traditional fair of Magh Mela in Allahabad, India. Basant Panchami, the fifth day of spring, is celebrated by worshiping the Hindu Goddess of knowledge and wisdom, Saraswati. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Participants take part in a donkey race during the Sindh Cultural festival in Karachi, Pakistan. Fareed Khan/AP
An elephant and her calf are seen during the census at the Tsavo West national park within the Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem. The elephant is Kenya's flagship species; its distribution and condition are considered good indicators of the status of wildlife. The census results help policymakers and park management decide resource allocation for security operations and conflict management. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
The Tungurahua volcano spews lava, seen from Huambalo, Ecuador. An orange alert was issued in response to the volcanic activity. Cris Toala Olivares/Reuters
White lioness Azira cuddles with one of her three white cubs, born last week in a private zoo in Borysew, in central Poland. Zoo owner Andrzej Pabich says white lions often reject their cubs and can struggle to give birth, but 2-year-old Azira has been patiently feeding and caring for her little ones, while 3-year-old Sahim, their father, watches from a neighboring cage. Czarek Sokolowski/AP
A bicyclist crosses Douglas Avenue in downtown Wichita, Kan., during a heavy snowstorm. South-central Kansas is expecting up to seven inches of snow as a winter storm passes through. Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle/AP
A Palestinian girl dressed in a military uniform and traditional kufiya (headscarf) attends a mass wedding for 50 couples funded by the office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in Gaza City. Suhaib Salem/Reuters
Ethnic Yi women are seen on their way to a dragon worship ceremony in Shiping county, Yunnan province. The dragon worship ceremony is held every 12 years in Shiping to pray for good fortune and harvest. Wong Campion/Reuters
Tents of anti-government protesters fill Independence Square in central Kiev. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich will not use force to clear the streets and may challenge his opponents to early elections if they fail to compromise, according to reported comments by a political ally. Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
An Iranian man throws a snowball at his wife in Tehran, Iran. Heavy snowfall across Iran trapped thousands on the road and cut off water and power in northern Iran. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP
A boy looks through the window of the Saraswati temple, whose walls are filled with writings, during the Shreepanchami festival in Kathmandu. Children are given their first writing and reading lessons at the temple during this festival, in the belief that the goddess of education Saraswati will help them excel in school. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin strokes a Persian leopard during his visit to the Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Centre in the Sochi National Park near Sochi, Russia. Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Reuters
An African immigrant wraps himself in a blanket after waking up at Levinsky Park in Tel Aviv. Immigrants have been protesting at the park against Israel's detention policy. Some 60,000 illegal immigrants have come from Eritrea and Sudan since 2006, crossing a once-porous border with Egypt. Israel sees them as illegal job-seekers, but the immigrants call themselves refugees in need of asylum, saying they cannot return home without risking their lives. Israel passed a law about two months ago that allows for indefinite detention of immigrants without valid visas, while it pursues efforts to persuade them to leave or enlist other countries to take them in. Baz Ratner/Reuters
Australia's Nicole Parks crashes at the finish of the moguls slope during a moguls training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Andy Wong/AP
A boy who has been diagnosed with cancer carries balloons during an event to mark World Cancer Day at the Tata Memorial cancer treatment and research center in Mumbai, India. The World Health Organization's cancer agency warns there will be 22 million new cases of cancer every year within the next two decades. Rafiq Maqbool/AP
A worker, tethered to a rope, replaces one of the the 38,000 LED lights on the aluminum roof of the Bolshoy Ice Dome during final preparations before the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia. Robert F. Bukaty/AP
Sri Lanka's navy fires a gun salute during celebrations for Sri Lanka's 66th Independence Day in Colombo. Sri Lanka obtained independence from British rule in 1948. Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
Journalists from the foreign correspondence organisation participate in a protest, demanding the release of four Al Jazeera correspondents, outside the Egyptian Embassy premises in Kenya's capital Nairobi. Three of the Qatar-based television network's journalists - Peter Greste, an Australian; Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian national; and Baher Mohamed - were detained in Cairo on December 29 and remain in custody, Al Jazeera said. George Philipas/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.