Visitors skate at the Tower of London ice rink in London. Based on the grounds of the famous castle that is over a thousand years old, the temporary rink will remain open until January 5. Toby Melville/Reuters
The first group of passengers who were aboard the trapped Russian vessel MV Akademik Shokalskiy arrive at a safe surface off the Antarctic. The helicopter rescued all 52 passengers who have been trapped in Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve. Zhang Jiansong/Xinhua/AP
Ringtailed lemurs look at a clipboard being held by keeper Mark Wylie during a photocall for the annual stocktake at Chester Zoo in Chester, northern England. The annual stocktake is a compulsory count. The data will be shared with zoos around the world and used to manage the international breeding programs for endangered animals. Phil Noble/Reuters
A Nepalese man climbs the Boudhanath stupa, a world heritage site, as he works to renovate it in Katmandu, Nepal. The stupa is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Niranjan Shrestha/AP
Cossacks patrol in central Volgograd, Russia. The suspected involvement of Muslim converts in Russian suicide bombings points to the growing reach of jihadists far beyond the Muslim provinces of Chechnya and Dagestan, where insurgency and separatism have simmered for two decades. Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
An elderly stranded passenger sits wrapped in warm clothes as he waits for the Jammu-Srinagar highway to reopen at a bus station in Jammu, India. Following heavy snowfall, the highway connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country remained closed for a third day. Channi Anand/AP
Scores of posters with portraits of contesting candidates urging voters to cast their ballots for their respective parties are hung over a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A.M. Ahad/AP
Serena Williams reacts during her quarterfinal match against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Australia. Tertius Pickard/AP
An Iranian woman mourns over the flag-draped coffin of an unknown soldier, who was killed during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, in a ceremony in Tehran, Iran. The remains were recently recovered from the battlefields. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sits on a ski lift during a visit to a newly-built ski resort in the Masik Pass region in this undated photo published in the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun. Yonhap/Reuters
Participants run into Lake Washington during the 12th annual Polar Bear Plunge in Seattle. Hundreds participated in the chilly New Year's Day tradition organized by Seattle Parks and Recreation. David Ryder/Reuters
Nisha Maji, 5, who lives and works with her family at a brick factory, looks up as she helps her family carry bricks in Kathmandu, Nepal. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
A giant panda rests in a tree at Hangzhou's zoo, Zhejiang province, China. China Daily/Reuters
An Israeli soldier stands guard under an Israeli national flag in the Jordan Valley near the Jewish settlement of Maale Efrayim. Control of the Jordan Valley is one of a number of contentious issues that have been raised during current peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
A pedestrian walks through a winter nor'easter snowstorm in Lawrence, Mass. Brian Snyder/Reuters
A French soldier takes a machete away from a resident in Bossangoa, Central African Republic. Clashes between Muslims and Christians in the capital New Year's Day killed at least three as angry residents threw grenades and torched homes. Andreea Campeanu/Reuters
Supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man’s Party, celebrate with firecrackers in Ahmadabad, India. The new political party is led by anti-corruption crusader and chief minister of Delhi state Arvind Kejriwal. Ajit Solanki/AP
A young Bangladeshi child walks past a bus torched by opposition party supporters ahead of the general elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh. AP
An activist with the National Solidarity of Mine Workers sits among mock graves of miners during a protest in Jakarta, Indonesia, against the government's plan to ban raw mineral exports that protestors say will lead to job losses. Dita Alangkara/AP
Boys slide down ice during New Year celebrations in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Ilya Naymushin/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.