A Crimean Tatar man prays at a mosque in Bakhchysarai, Ukraine. The arrival of Russian troops in Crimea has opened old wounds among the Crimean Tatars, who once again fear they will be unwelcome in their homeland. This time, however, some are organizing community watch patrols to protect their families and homes in what they still consider part of Ukraine. Vadim Ghirda/AP
A policeman adjusts the footwear of an explosives detection dog at the Tiananmen Sqaure near the Great Hall of the People during the third plenary session of National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing,China. Petar Kujundzic/Reuters
A man daubed in colored powder sings a hymn at a temple during 'Lathmar Holi' at village Nandgaon in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. In a Holi tradition unique to Nandgaon and Barsana villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then 'beat' them with bamboo sticks called 'lathis'. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. Adnan Abidi/Reuters
Israeli soldiers (l.) stand near a display of M302 rockets found aboard the Klos C ship at a navy base in the Red Sea resort city of Eilat. The ship seized by the Israeli navy on suspicion of smuggling arms from Iran to the Gaza Strip docked in Israel, which planned to put the cargo on display in hope of denting Tehran's rapprochement with the West. Amir Cohen/Reuters
A military personnel looks out of a helicopter during a search and rescue mission off Vietnam's Tho Chu island. The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER jetliner, is an 'unprecedented mystery', the country's civil aviation chief said. Some families attempting to reach missing loved ones have found their cell phones still ring, though no one picks up. Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters
Storks rest in their nest on a chimney as temperatures rose up to 16 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit) on a sunny day in Naegelstedt, near Erfurt, central Germany. Jens Meyer/AP
The hands of Claudia Breidbach (r.) demonstrating her bionic hand that is steerable by a mobile phone or iPod via Bluetooth to German Chancellor Angela Merkel (l.) and British Prime Minister David Cameron during the opening day of the computer fair CeBIT in Hannover, Germany. Frank Augstein/AP
Jose Luis Lopez, 54, also known as Payaso Traka Traka, waits for a bus to perform in downtown in Guatemala City, March 9th. Lopez has been performing as a clown for the last 31 years in Guatemala and others countries of Central America. Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters
Canada's Brittany Hudak skis during the women's 15 km cross-country standing at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Rosa Khutor, Russia. Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters
Hotel guides with headgears pose for pictures next to flags in front of the Great Hall of the People at the Tiananmen Square during the third plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
Members of the media and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employees, wearing protective suits and masks, stand near a banner reading 'Decrease 0.01 mSv par a day for a person' inside the No. 5 reactor building at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture. Toru Hanai/Reuters
A family of auto crash dummies are seen at the Ford Development Center during a full frontal auto crash test in Dearborn, Michigan. Rebecca Cook/Reuters
Laurie Stephens of the US races to win bronze medal in the alpine skiing, ladies, Super-G, sitting event at the 2014 Winter Paralympicsin Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Dmitry Lovetsky/AP
Nepalese police personnel detain Tibetan activists during their protest near the Chinese Embassy Consular office in Kathmandu. With a growing Chinese influence over Nepal, the Nepalese government stands strong against Tibetan exiles whose protests in support of their homeland have increased in recent years. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
Edward Snowden talks during a simulcast conversation during the SXSW Interactive Festival, in Austin, Texas. Snowden talked with American Civil Liberties Union’s principal technologist Christopher Soghoian, and answered tweeted questions. Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP
An Afghan honor of guard stands next to pictures of late Afghan Vice President Field Marshal Mohammed Qasim Fahim outside his house in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan's influential Vice President Fahim, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban who was later accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the country's civil war, died March 9, 2014. Anja Niedringhaus/AP
A Paris' Drouot auction house worker displays creations for French fashion house Chanel, in Paris. Christophe Ena/AP
Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins (r.) autographs a baseball trading card for a young fan before a spring exhibition baseball game in Clearwater, Fla. Kathy Willens/AP
Models use a tablet to take a 'selfie' photo backstage during Tel Aviv Fashion Week. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters
A horse and rider are silhouetted against the morning sun as they ride out on the gallops at the Cheltenham racecourse in western England. The four-day Cheltenham Festival 2014, culminating with the Gold Cup, will begin on Tuesday. Eddie Keogh/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.