A man dressed as an Aztec dancer prepares for the start of the annual Carnaval de Puebla, a traditional Mexican carnival celebration that re-enacts the Battle of Cinco de Mayo, in Philadelphia, Pa., April 27. This year more than 400 participants came from all over the East Coast, according to event organizers, making the Carnaval de Puebla the largest such event outside of Mexico. Charles Mostoller/Reuters
A boy rests his pet pigeon on his head as he plays with it in a slum in Mumbai, India. Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
People dressed as blocks of currency notes walk along a street as part of a marketing campaign in Moscow. Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters
A newly wed couple poses for wedding photos on the filed of tulips near a replica Dutch windmill at Shunyi International Flowers Port in Beijing, China. Andy Wong/AP
A mourner pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol near condolence flowers at a temporary memorial altar in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea. Yonhap/AP
Palestinian youths practice their parkour skills at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City April 27. Mohammed Salem/Reuters
Pro-Russian activists march with riot shields during a pro-Ukrainian rally in the eastern city of Donetsk, Ukraine. Marko Djurica/Reuters
Egyptians mourn after a judge sentenced to death more than 680 alleged supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president over acts of violence and the murder of policemen in the latest mass trial in the southern city of Minya, Egypt. Ahmed Gomaa/AP
South African President Jacob Zuma (2nd l.) talks with Mandla Mandela (l.) after they and other dignitaries unveiled a bust of former South African President Nelson Mandela, right, at the South African Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. Schalk van Zuydam/AP
Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs takes part in a news conference regarding the federal government's First Nations education reform bill in Ottawa, Canada. Chris Wattie/Reuters
Russian navy cadets march during a rehearsal for a May 9 victory parade in Dvortsovaya Square in St. Petersburg, Russia. Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters
The Carnival Queen wearing her 'Phoenix' costume takes part in the Jamaica Carnival Roadmarch in Kingston, Jamaica, April 27. Gilbert Bellamy/Reuters
A boy wearing a mask of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), sits as he waits for the start of an election campaign rally being addressed by Modi in Kheralu town in the western Indian state of Gujarat, India. Amit Dave/Reuters
Afghans play on a trampoline along Qargha Lake, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Mohammad Ismail/Reuters
First In Video news video photographer Brad Mack covers the damage seen after a tornado hit the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, around 7:30 pm CST, late April 27. Gene Blevins/Reuters
Bishops wait for a mass to start ahead of the canonization ceremony of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, April 27. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
Germany's Timo Boll eyes a ball as he serves to Singapore's Gao Ning during the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo. Yuya Shino/Reuters
Abraham T. Moses, principal of the the Washington United Christian Academy, reads scriptures aloud at the 25th annual US Capitol Bible Reading Marathon on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington. AP
Exercise rider Abel Flores takes Kentucky Derby hopeful Tapiture for a morning workout in the rain at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Morry Gash/AP
A pro-Russian armed man lends his weapon to a boy posing for a picture for his father in front of the seized town administration building in Kostyantynivka, Ukraine. Marko Djurica/Reuters
A member of Austria's construction trade union holds a helmet during a silent protest marking 'international workers memorial day', in front of the Qatari embassy in Vienna. Some 1,200 construction helmets were placed on the street to commemorate the workers who have died during the building of facilities for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament in Qatar. Leonhard Foeger/Reuters
Relatives of Holocaust victims lay flowers next to the names of concentration camps during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. I Sebastian Scheiner/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.