A tourist reacts as an elephant sprays her with water in celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province. Songkran, the most celebrated festival of the year, marks the start of Thailand's traditional New Year. Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters
New French Police officers stand at attention during a ceremony at the Police Prefecture in Paris. Christian Hartmann/Reuters
Hector Gaitan, 110, prays with a rosary inside his home, at an abandoned station of the Nicaraguan Railway Company, the country's defunct railway, located on the outskirts of Managua, April 8. Gaitan has been a telegraph operator, a miner, a guerrilla, an artist and a Nicaraguan Railway Company railroad employee who knew Nicaraguan revolutionary Augusto C. Sandino, after whom the Sandinista political movement is named, and who died in 1934. Born in 1904, Gaitan has lived long enough to see the rise and fall of the Somoza dictatorship which ruled Nicaragua till 1979. Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters
A man looks at the bronze sculpture 'Emissary Cat' by British artist Laura Ford at the 'Art Cologne' art fair in Cologne, Germany. T Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters
A child of the Syrian community in Romania with the face painted in the colors of Syria's flag, attends a demonstration in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, in Bucharest, Romania. Vadim Ghirda/AP
A tourist takes pictures of tulips at the Keukenhof park, also known as the Garden of Europe, in Lisse, the Netherlands. Yves Herman/Reuters
A girl walks past a display of Israeli air force plans ahead of the arrival of the C-130J Super Hercules military aircraft during an unveiling ceremony in Nevatim Air Force base near Beersheba, Southern Israel. The US-made Lockheed-Martin C-130 line of transport aircraft will join the Israel Air Force’s fleet. Ariel Schalit/AP
Polling officials sort electronic voting machines (EVM), stationery and documents collected from a distribution center ahead of the second phase of the general election at Muzaffarnagar in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Around 815 million people have registered to vote in the world's biggest election – and results of the mammoth exercise, which concludes on May 12, are due on May 16. Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters
Dave Sommers of the US performs with his dough during the freestyle event, part of the Pizza World Championships, in Parma, northern Italy. The 23th edition of the championships run from April 7 to April 9. Marco Vasini/AP
A child is seen under a clothesline after a handful of shacks were demolished in the shanty town settlement of 'El Gallinero,' in the outskirts of Madrid. A handful of shacks were torn down on the grounds that they were illegal dwellings. Susana Vera/Reuters
Pope Francis waves as he leaves the general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
Parents and students embrace along School Road near Franklin Regional High School after more than a dozen students were stabbed by a knife wielding suspect at the school in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and is being questioned. Sean Stipp/Tribune Review/AP
A Somali man and his child deported from Kenya arrive at the airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu. Kenya last month ordered all Somali refugees living in urban areas to return to their camps in a bid to end attacks by Islamist militants carried out in retaliation for Kenya's intervention in neighboring Somalia. Feisal Omar/Reuters
A young girl waits as her parents vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Polls opened for nearly 187 million Indonesians eligible to vote in single-day legislative elections, a huge feat in the still-young democracy that's expected to help clear the path for the country's next president. Heri Juanda/AP
US golfer Bubba Watson watches as compatriot Webb Simpson (l.) hits from the sand on the 13th hole during a practice round ahead of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Mike Blake/Reuters
A Seleka fighter drives in a vehicle in the town of Bria. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
A frog is pictured in Anan Lake near Lebanon's southern city of Sidon. Ali Hashisho/Reuters
Fire crew member Scott Klotz runs out of danger as flames rise during a controlled burn in Meridian Township, Mich., April 8. The burn is expected to help improve habitat for the endangered Henslow's sparrow. The Lansing State Journal reports the bird and many other types of wildlife use prairie habitat at the Davis-Foster Land Preserve. Rod Sanford/The State Journal/AP
A Pakistani boy mourns over the death of his family member, a victim of bomb blast, outside a morgue in a local hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. A bomb ripped through a fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, killing scores of people and leaving dozens more wounded, officials said. Anjum Naveed/AP
A woman walks past a truck waiting to leave for Chad loaded with goods belonging to Muslim residents of the PK5 district of Bangui, Central African Republic. The US ambassador to the United Nations urged more support for existing African and French troops in Central African Republic on the eve of a UN vote to create a peacekeeping mission. Jerome Delay/AP
A model is reflected in a mirror as she presents a creation by Aimer during Shanghai Fashion Week. Carlos Barria/Reuters
Women hold copper pots and coconuts over their heads to give a traditional welcome to Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as he arrives to file his nomination papers for the general elections in Vadodara, in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Amit Dave/Reuters
A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion flies past Australian Defense vessel Ocean Shield on a mission to drop sonar buoys to assist in the acoustic search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The ship searching for the missing Malaysian jet has detected two more underwater signals that may be emanating from the aircraft's black boxes. LSIS Bradley Darvill/Australian Defense Force/AP
A vendor touches up her make-up while waiting for customers during the Malaysia International Halal Showcase in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Vincent Thian/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.