Photos of the week: 2/17 - 2/24

Political stories continued to dominate the news cycle this past week.

President Trump spent the weekend in Florida where he hosted a campaign rally, then paid a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC a few days later. He also participated in a session with manufacturing CEOs at the White House.

An attack of vandalism occurred outside of St. Louis when a Jewish cemetery was targeted on Tuesday, and various protests continued against the president's policies, including one general strike held in New York City last Friday.

Elsewhere in the world, forces continued to push back against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, successfully taking back part of the city of Mosul. The recent offensive has taken a toll on the Mosul zoo, where only two animals remain.

Take a look through the slideshow above for photos from all of these stories and more, and be sure to check back next week for the best photography from the coming seven days.