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

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Photos of the week: 2/17 - 2/24
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 23: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) waits to be introduced with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (2nd R) and senior advisor to the President Jared Kushner (R) before Trump participated in a listening session with manufacturing CEOs in the State Dining Room of the White House February 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump met with the CEOs in an effort to develop beneficial new policies on taxes, trade and job creation. Also pictured is Kenneth Frazier (R) CEO of Merck & Company. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Street vendors use the border fence as a shelf to display their items on the US/Mexico border in Agua Prieta, Sonora, on February 18, 2017, northwestern Mexico. (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - In this picture taken on February 18, 2017, worshippers wait for the priest to throw the sacred batons during the annual Naked Man Festival or 'Hadaka Matsuri' at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, western Japan. With only a skimpy loincloth to protect their modesty, thousands of men brave freezing temperatures to fight for lucky charms thrown by a priest at Japan's annual Naked Man Festival. / AFP / Behrouz MEHRI / To go with Japan-culture-religion-naked-festival by Quentin TYBERGHIEN (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 21: Milo Yiannopoulos announces his resignation from Brietbart News during a press conference, February 21, 2017 in New York City. After comments he made regarding pedophilia surfaced in an online video, Yiannopoulos was uninvited to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and lost a major book deal with Simon & Schuster. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Protesters critical of President Donald Trump attend an afternoon rally to show solidarity with a general strike in Washington Square Park on February 17, 2017 in New York City. Across the country protests continue in reaction to the policies of the Trump administration. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Lula, an abandoned bear, stands in its cage before receiving treatment from members of the international animal welfare charity 'Four Paws' at the Muntazah al-Nour zoo in eastern Mosul on February 21, 2017. Most of the animals in the Mumtaz al-Nour zoo were killed or died of starvation during the recent offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the eastern part of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP / SAFIN HAMED (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent runs as he searches for victims following a reported government airstrike on the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2017. / AFP / Abd Doumany (Photo credit should read ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)
A bird rests on an agricultural field near Bergen op Zoom on February 18, 2017. / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
BELGRADE, SERBIA - FEBRUARY 23: A man washes his hands on February 23, 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia. Migrants on a journey to Western Europe, mostly from war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan take shelter in an abandoned building in Belgrade, Serbia. Many were returned to Serbia after being arrested in Hungary, complaining about violences from allegedly Hungarian police officers. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Iraqi forces, supported by the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries, advance near the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, after the offencive to retake the western side of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters commenced on February 19, 2017. Iraqi forces launched an offensive on February 19 on jihadists defending Mosul's west bank, in what could be the most brutal fighting yet in a four-month-old operation on the country's second city. / AFP / Ahmad al-Rubaye (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA- FEBRUARY,23 (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony to the Tomb of Unknown Soldier, marking the Defender of the Fatherland Day on February 23, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
NABLUS, WEST BANK - FEBRUARY 17: Protesters burn tyres as a response to the Israeli security forces' intervention with plastic bullets and tear gas to a protest against the separation wall, also known as wall of shame, and against Israel's illegal settlements after Friday prayer on February 17, 2017 in Kafr Qaddum village of Nablus, West Bank. (Photo by Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A boy takes a selfie photo with Pope Francis at the church of St. Maria Josefa in Castelverde, on the outskirts of Rome, during a pastoral visit on February 19, 2017. / AFP / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 23: A girl cries after inhaling tear gas fired by the police as they clash with drug users in the region known as 'Cracolandia' on February 23, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In an area of Brazil where drug abuse and violence has taken over the district, the government has introduced street clearance operations by police to remove the crack users. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 21: (AFP OUT) President Donald Trump (C) walks under a quote by Muhammad Ali as he tours the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture on February 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch - Pool/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Supporters of various Ukrainian nationalist parties light smoke bombs as they chant slogans during a rally in front of Ukrainian Parliament, in central Kiev, on February 22, 2017. Members and supporters of ultra-nationalists 'Svoboda', 'Pravy Sektor' and 'National Corpus' political parties gathered on February 22, 2017 to mark the third anniversary of pro-EU protests that toppled pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych that was followed by Moscow's annexation of the Crimea peninsula and the Russian-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine. / AFP / Genya SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Forest fire as seen near palm oil plantation at Tanah Putih district in Rokan Hilir, Indonesia Riau province, February 21, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/FB Anggoro via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
An American flag still stands next to one of over 170 toppled Jewish headstones after a weekend vandalism attack on Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, a suburb of St Louis, Missouri, U.S. February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Tom Gannam TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A member of the federal police is seen inside a tunnel used by Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Albu Saif, which was recently retaken by Iraqi military forces, south of Mosul, Iraq February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
TOPSHOT - A Syrian woman sits with injured children at a hospital following a reported strike by government forces in the rebel-held distric of Barzah, on the north-eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 20, 2017. / AFP / Saria ABU ZAID (Photo credit should read SARIA ABU ZAID/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 17: President Donald Trump walks down the stairs after arriving on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport to spend part of the weekend at Mar-a-Lago resort on February 17, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida. President Trump is scheduled to have a campaign rally in Melbourne, FL tomorrow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Floodwaters surround a play structure on February 22, 2017, in San Jose, California. Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes early Wednesday in the northern California city of San Jose as floodwaters inundated neighborhoods and forced the shutdown of a major highway. / AFP / NOAH BERGER (Photo credit should read NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

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