Ring-tailed lemurs are pictured inside their enclosure at the zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia. David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters
The Philadelphia Phillies stretch during warm ups before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP
History enthusiasts wearing World War Two US military uniforms re-enact a D-Day landing on Omaha Beach in Vierville sur Mer, on the coast of Normandy, France. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
Cindy Piscopo holds her cat Zack after the cat was found by a firefighter when members of his battalion battled a blaze in a series of townhouses, including Piscopo's home in the Staten Island borough of New York. About 200 firefighters responded to the blaze that erupted at about 1 a.m. on the island south of Manhattan. They battled the five-alarm fire for several hours. Kathy Willens/AP
A Bangladeshi man works at a metal factory on World Environment Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh. World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 by the United Nations to stimulate worldwide awareness of environmental issues. A.M. Ahad/AP
British World War II veteran Frederick Glover poses for a photograph as soldiers parachute down during a D-Day commemoration paratroopers launch event in Ranville, western France on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 70th anniversary of the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy. Thomas Bregardis/AP
An Afghan man rides a horse as he heads home at the end of a day in Kabul, Afghnaistan. Ahmad Masood/Reuters
Artists from the Gandini Juggling company juggle apples during their performance titled SMASHED, as part of the Beirut Spring Festival June 4. The festival was created and launched by the Samir Kassir Foundation, an organization named after the Lebanese journalist who was assassinated in 2005. Jamal Saidi/Reuters
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe plastic statues, designed by Ottmar Hoerl stand in front of the Goethe University in Frankfurt June 4. On the occasion of the centenary of the Goethe University German concept artist Hoerl is presenting his installation project that can be seen from June 11 to July 20, 2014. Ralph Orlowski/Reuters
Women from the Peul tribe look at Seleka soldiers during a soccer match in the town of Molemi, Central African Republic, June 4. Peul cattle herders are mostly Muslims and they are often attacked by 'anti-balaka' Christian militia. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
A woman uses a HUG, (Haptic User Geraet), during the 6th International Trade Fair for Automation and Mechatronics in Munich, Germany. HUG is the bimanual haptic interaction device of the DLR Robotics and Mechatronics Center, designed for training of astronauts and mechanics, rehabilitation and other tasks. Michaela Rehle/Reuters
A Nepalese student hugs a tree during a mass tree-hugging on the World Environment Day on the outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal. More than 2,000 people gathered in Nepal's capital in a bid to set a world record for the largest tree hug. Niranjan Shrestha/AP
An Indian peafowl spreads its tail feathers at a zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia. David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters
Indonesia's presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (c.) lifts up a child during his campaign at Astana Anyar market in Bandung, Indonesia's West Java province. On July 9, Indonesians will choose either Jokowi Widodo, the Jakarta governor, or ex-general Subianto as president, to succeed Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who completes the allowed two five-year terms in October. Beawiharta/Reuters
Brianna Rollins, of the US, jumps a hurdle on her way to win the women's 100-meter hurdles event at the Golden Gala athletics meeting, at Rome's Olympic Stadium. Gregorio Borgia/AP
Passengers enjoy a boat ride on a canal in St. Petersburg, Russia. St. Petersburg is famous as a tourist destination for its canals and pre-revolution architecture. Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama reads from a religious text during his annual teaching for Tibetan school and college students at the Tibetan Children's Village School in Dharmsala, India. Ashwini Bhatia/AP
Investigators inspect the scene of a US military jet crash in Imperial, California June 4. The jet crashed in a Southern California desert town on Wednesday, damaging homes, according to military officials and local media. The AV-8B Harrier jet from the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, crashed at about 4:20 p.m. local time in Imperial, California, said Corporal Melissa Lee of the San-Diego based Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Sandy Huffaker/Reuters
Thai soldiers entertain passengers on a bus while providing security at Bangkok's Victory Monument. Thailand's state anti-corruption agency said it will investigate the assets of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and four members of her Cabinet involved in a controversial rice-subsidy program. Wason Wanichakorn/AP
Israeli soldiers stand guard in front of a section of the controversial Israeli barrier during a protest by Palestinians in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike, at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Some 120 Palestinians jailed without trial in Israel have been on an open-ended hunger strike, eating only salt and drinking water, since April 24 to demand an end to so-called 'administrative detention'. Mohamad Torokman/Reuters
People wave goodbye to their family from a train leaving for Crimea at the railway station in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Eastern Ukraine has been engulfed by a pro-Russian insurgency over the past two months, with rebels fighting government troops. Evgeniy Maloletka/AP
England's Phil Jones (l.) battles Ecuador's Enner Valencia during an international friendly soccer match, ahead of the 2014 World Cup, in Miami, June 4. Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters
Six-year-old female sea lion Chanto, wearing Japan's national soccer team uniform, controls a ball during a new show in support of the national football team for the upcoming the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament, at the Shinagawa Aqua Stadium aquarium in Tokyo. Issei Kato/Reuters
Singer Pharrell Williams (c.) performs on NBC's 'Today' show in New York. Lucas Jackson/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.