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Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at a town hall at The Hall at Senate's End in Columbia, S.C., Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
TOPSHOT - A boy plays at sunset with shadows on the wall of the cathedral of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas State, on February 14, 2014, on the eve of the arrival of Pope Francis for an open-air mass. Pope Francis urged Mexicans on Sunday to reject the devil and build a nation free of 'merchants of death' during an open-air mass with 300,000 people in a crime-ridden city. AFP PHOTO/RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP / RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks speaks with members of the media as he meets with attendees during a campaign stop, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 photo, people wait for this first "Saturday Night Live Arabia," show to start in Cairo, Egypt. Saturday Night Live is coming this Saturday to the Middle East âin Arabicâ with fresh material written for the regionâs cultures and sense of humor. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
An African penguin bites onto a heart shaped valentine handed out by biologist II Amy Walters at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. The valentines will be used as nesting material. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with Culinary Union members holding a rally outside of Sunrise Hospital, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
President Barack Obama teases first lady Michelle Obama as they host a reception celebrating African American History Month in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, as guests take cell phone pictures. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
An active aurora borealis hovers over downtown Juneau and the Mendenhall glacier on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Rashah McChesney)
An oil worker adjusts a valve releasing a spray of water while working on oil pipelines Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. Iran appeared Wednesday to back a plan laid out by four influential oil producers to cap their crude output if others do the same, though it offered no indication that it has any plans to follow suit itself. The agreement reached in Doha the day before by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Venezuela is aimed at stabilizing global oil prices. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Firefighters work at a scene of fire from an explosion in Ankara, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. A large explosion, believed to have been caused by a bomb, injured several people in the Turkish capital on Wednesday, according to media reports. Private NTV said the explosion occurred during rush hour in an area close to where military headquarters are located as a bus carrying military personnel was passing by. Several cars caught fire, the report said. Ambulances were seen rushing toward the scene. The explosion caused a large fire and dark smoke could be seen billowing from a distance. (IHA via AP) TURKEY OUT
Baylor fans react to a foul called against their team during the second half of Baylor's NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Waco, Texas. Baylor won in overtime, 100-91. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Migratory birds fly above wetlands in Hokersar,16 kilometers (10 miles) north of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Waterbirds cover tens of thousands of kilometers every year during their annual migratory cycle. Every year International Waterbird Census (IWC) is conducted to monitor the population of theses birds around the world. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Manny Comitini, of Stroudsburg, Pa., grooms Yukos, a Maltese, in the benching area during the 140th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A vistor to the Washington Monument walks past flags flying a half-staff in honor of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on a wintry Presidents Day holiday in Washington, Monday, Feb, 15, 2016. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
South Korea's Black Eagles aerobatics team flying KAI T-50B aircraft perform an aerial display during the Singapore Airshow at the Changi exhibition centre in Singapore on February 16, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A child walks between classrooms in a school set in the Mpoko refugee camp near the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday Feb. 15, 2016. Over 6000 children attend the school ran by a local NGO and funded by the UN. Two former prime ministers, Faustin Archange Touadera and Anicet Georges Dologuele, ran in the second round of presidential elections Sunday to end years of violence pitting Muslims against Christians in the Central African Republic. Central Africans will also vote in Legislative elections. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A hot air balloon flies against a sun rise during Lucknow balloon festival in Lucknow, India, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. The three-day festival is to boost the tourism and generate more employment opportunities in the state of Uttar Pradesh. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A protester holding a petrol bomb walks amidst tear gas during clashes in Istanbul, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, between police forces and people protesting against security operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey. Turkey imposed curfews in mainly Kurdish towns and districts in December while its security forces battled militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, who set up barricades, dug trenches and primed explosives in the areas they have declared to be under Kurdish self-rule. (AP Photo/Cagdas Erdogan)
SALTBURN-BY-THE-SEA, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Two riders pause to watch the sunrise as they exercise their horses at first light as a dramatic sky starts the day over the beach on February 16, 2016 in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England. Temperatures remain low across parts of the country with many areas affected by snow and freezing temperatures. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Pope Francis kisses a child on the forehead during his visit to the Federico Gomez Pediatric Hospital, in Mexico City, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. The pope makes a point of stopping at children's hospitals during his foreign trips, both to visit with the kids and to thank the staff for caring for them. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A model has a snack while her hair is styled backstage prior to the Tracy Reese Fall 2016 collection presentation, during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: An art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei that consists of life vests worn by refugees bound to the columns of the concert house next to a statue at Gendarmenmarkt on February 14, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The life vests were among the thousands discarded by migrants and refugees after they crossed the sea from Turkey to Greece. Ai Weiwei lives in Berlin and is currently involved in several projects relating to refugees. Up to 80,000 refugees currently live in Berlin and the city is preparing for the likely arrival of 30,000 more in 2016. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)
A helicopter flies past plumes of smoke during firefighting efforts on a train trestle parallel to Interstate 10 near the Bonnet Carre Spillway, west of New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. A CN Railway spokesman says it typically carries four to eight freight trains a day, plus one passenger train in each direction. (AP Photo/Jeff Strout)
The South Korean Air Force Black Eagles aerobatics team perform maneuvers in South Korean T-50 jets, developed by Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI) with technical support from Lockheed Martin Corp., during an aerobatic flying display at the Singapore Airshow held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. The air show runs through Feb. 21. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Students of St. Scholastica's College gesture the 'number one' sign as they dance to take part in the 'One Billion Rising' campaign in Manila on February 15, 2016. The campaign, the fifth to be held since 2012, calls for the end of all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls. The movement refers to UN statistics that one in 3 women, about one billion globally, will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS / AFP / NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Democratic presidential hopeful and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with civil rights leaders at The National Urban League on February 16, 2016 in New York City. Clinton is hoping to win the Nevada and South Carolina primaries later this month. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 14: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) jokes around as he speaks during a campaign rally at Bonanza High School on February 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sanders is challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination ahead of Nevada's February 20th Democratic caucus. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
TAIZ, YEMEN - FEBRUARY 14: Damaged cars and buildings are seen after forces loyal to President of Yemen Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi captured Hasab neighborhood following clashes with Houthis and Yemen's former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh's forces, in Taiz, Yemen on February 14, 2016 (Photo by Abdunnaser Al Saddek/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Participants leave an arena after a fire broke out during an event held as part of the 'Make in India Week' in Mumbai on February 14, 2016. A huge fire gutted a stage hosting a cultural event in Mumbai that was part of the Indian government's much-trailed 'Make in India' week on February 14. AFP PHOTO / STR / AFP / STRDEL (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A migrant man carrying a child crosses the Greek-Macedonian border near the town of Gevgelija, on February 14, 2016. Dutch Foreign minister Bert Koenders on February 14 spent an hour in a Vinojug recipient center near Gevgelija talking with migrants, children, UNICEF and Red Cross representatives, police and others members that are taking care of migrants that are heading to the EU from devastated homes in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. / AFP / Robert ATANASOVSKI (Photo credit should read ROBERT ATANASOVSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 14: A couple is seen in front of Eiffel tower during Valentine's day in Paris, France on February 14, 2016. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

This past week in news we saw the presidential race continue to heat up ahead of the South Carolina primary, the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show was held in New York, and Valentine's Day was observed in various sweet ways around the world. Click through the slideshow above to see the best photos from all of these stories and more, and be sure to check back next weekend for our selection of the best photography from the next seven days.

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