A horse is pictured next to clothes drying on a fence in Natal, Brazil. Natal will host its first of four scheduled matches of the 2014 World Cup on June 13. Carlos Barria/Reuters
Workers install a giant soccer ball prior to the 2014 World Cup, in Cuiaba, Brazil. Eric Gaillard/Reuters
A security guard checks his mobile phone before a meeting attended by Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, at the Shanghai Italy Center in Shanghai, June 10. Aly Song/Reuters
An Afghan man attends the last day of the election campaign by Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul, Afghanistan. The second round of Afghanistan's presidential election will take place on June 14. Mohammad Ismail/Reuters
A student carries her lunch tray at Salusbury Primary School in northwest London. This September, a new government scheme plans to give free meals to all reception, year 1 and 2 students registered in England's state-funded schools. Local media reports that this will amount to saving families about £400 a year per child. Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
Microsoft employee Sammy Ng wears an Xbox game controller as a fascinator as she watches a trailer of the new multiplayer action game 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' in the Activision booth at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los Angeles, California, June 10. Kevork Djansezian/Reuters
Robert Allenby takes a swing in the practice area during a practice round for the US Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, NC. David Goldman/AP
Aspiring young Indian soccer players continue with their practice during a dust storm in Jammu, India. Soccer fans around the world are gearing up to watch the Soccer World Cup that begins in Brazil. Channi Anand/AP
A monkey cools off in a water tub on the premises of a Hindu temple on a hot summer afternoon in Jammu, India. Severe heat conditions are prevailing across northern India with temperatures soaring past 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) at several places. Channi Anand/AP
Riot police clear the area as a protester wearing a Republican pin walks away during a protest against the Monarchy near the parliament in Madrid, Spain. Spain's Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favor of urgent government legislation allowing King Juan Carlos to abdicate this month and hand over his duties to Crown Prince Felipe. Several leftist deputies protested, holding up signs demanding a referendum on whether to scrap the monarchy. Andres Kudacki/AP
Ultra-orthodox Jewish bride Esther Rokeach waits for the start of the 'mitzva tantz', the custom in which relatives dance in front of the bride after her wedding ceremony, in Jerusalem. Thousands gathered to celebrate the wedding of Rokeach, the grand daughter of the spiritual leader of the Belz Hasidim, which is one of the largest Hasidic movements in the world. Baz Ratner/Reuters
US actress Angelina Jolie (r.), Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, hugs Neema Namadamu of the Democratic Republic of Congo at the 'End Sexual Violence in Conflict' summit in London. Namadamu formed an organization that uses digital media to empower women demanding peace in eastern Congo. She formed it earlier this year after her own 25-year-old daughter was attacked. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Protesters demonstrating against Yemen's fuel shortages shout slogans in Sanaa. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
People make their way in front of the Bank of Greece in Athens. Former Greek finance minister Yannis Stournaras, who spearheaded Greece's return to economic stability after it nearly crashed out of the euro, is to become the next Bank of Greece governor, the central bank said. Yorgos Karahalis/Reuters
People reach out to try and touch Pope Francis's hand as he is driven through the crowd during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Gregorio Borgia/AP
People participate in an attempt to break a world record of most people jumping on trampolines simultaneously in Manhattan, New York. A total of 310 people jumped for five minutes straight, defeating the previous record of 302 set in the UK in 2012. Andrew Kelly/Reuters
Sixteen-month-old Indian elephant Asha is sprinkled with water to cool her in their enclosure in the Budapest Zoo as the temperature reaches 33 degrees Celsius (91 Fahrenheit) in Budapest, Hungary. Attila Kovacs/MTI/AP
A Seleka fighter wears a black scarf as he patrols in the town of Kuango, close to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, June 10. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
A taxi driver listens to speeches by his colleagues, during an Europe-wide protest of licensed taxi drivers against taxi-hailing apps that are feared to flush unregulated private drivers into the market, in front of the Olympic stadium in Berlin. Thomas Peter/Reuters
Ray Gaesser climbs onto a sprayer on his farm near Corning, Iowa. US companies relying on farmers for the raw materials in their products must take a more active role in ensuring the crops are grown in a way that minimizes damage to water, soil, and environment, a new report said. Charlie Neibergall/AP
A man fishes for striped bass on the mud shores of the Stewiacke River in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, Canada. The striped bass is a coastal species found in rivers, estuaries, and inshore waters of eastern North America and can weigh over 50 kilograms. Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press/AP
A camel feeds a piece of a branch which was ripped of a tree during a thunderstorm at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The clean-up of the damages caused by a thunderstorm continues. Caroline Seidel/dpa/AP
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) tags out San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) at home during the sixth inning at AT&T Park, San Francisco, June 10. Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY/AP
Tourists wearing traditional Japanese kimonos visit Sensoji Buddhist temple at Asakusa district in Tokyo. Asakusa is an old town in Tokyo that draws many tourists from across the world. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
Supporters attend a candlelight vigil after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, June 10. A gunman walked into the Oregon high school gym with a rifle and shot a student to death on Tuesday before he was found dead in a bathroom stall, in the third outbreak of gun violence to shake a US high school or college campus in less than three weeks. Steve Dipaola/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.