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U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters walk in a building as the fight against Islamic State militants continue in the village of Baghouz, Syria, Feb. 16, 2019. #APPhoto Felipe Dana @felipedana
Dozens of trucks arrived Tuesday at the outskirts of a besieged enclave held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, signaling renewed efforts to evacuate hundreds of civilians trapped in the militants’ last patch of territory along the Euphrates River. A spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian militia that is spearheading the fight against IS said a military operation aimed at ousting the extremists from the enclave will begin if they don’t surrender.


In the 100 days since a wildfire nearly burned the town of Paradise, Calif., off the map, the long recovery is just starting. Artist Shane Grammer, who painted this mural photographed on Feb. 8, 2019, says he paints murals throughout the fire-ravaged town to convey hope in the midst of destruction. #APPhoto Noah Berger @noah3929


A year ago today, Mechelle Boyle, right, embraced Cathi Rush in this image that became emblematic of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2018.

At the time of this picture, Rush was desperately trying to get in touch with her son Brandon, who had texted that he was hiding under a table. However, the bond depicted in the photograph didn’t last long. The two women soon found themselves at odds over gun control.

Rush ultimately learned that her son Brandon was safe. #APPhoto Joel Auerbach


A wire fox from Brazil who’s won big in Europe became America’s top dog Tuesday night, beating out a crowd-pleasing longhaired dachshund and popular Sussex spaniel.

There were some boos — along with modest cheers — at Madison Square Garden when judge Peter Green pointed at the 7-year-old King.

Wire fox terriers have won 15 times at the nation’s most prestigious dog show, far more than any other breed (Scottish terriers are second, with eight). #APPhoto Frank Franklin II


President Donald Trump waves as he arrives to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Feb. 11, 2019. Trump is heading to El Paso, Texas, to try and turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises. #APPhoto Susan Walsh


Firefighters battle flames in San Francisco, Feb. 6, 2019. A gas explosion shot flames high into the air Wednesday, burning multiple buildings as utility crews scrambled to shut off the flow of gas. #APPhoto Jeff Chiu @jchiu34


Democratic members of Congress, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., center, pose for a photo before President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 5, 2019. #APPhoto J. Scott Applewhite

Wearing the color of the suffragists, the Democratic women of the House put on a display of solidarity during the State of the Union address Tuesday. They paid tribute to the women who came before them and gave a nod to their own achievement, as more women than ever are now representatives in the House.


A Venezuelan woman returns to her country after buying groceries in La Parada, on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, Feb. 4, 2019. #APPhoto Fernando Vergara
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is moving ahead with plans to try to bring in humanitarian aid through Cucuta, where the U.S. government will transport and store food and medical supplies destined for Venezuela. The Venezuelan opposition has said that once the aid is stockpiled in Cucuta, it will try to move it into Venezuela, defying Nicolas Maduro’s government, which has refused offers of aid from the U.S. and other Western nations.


New England Patriots’ Tom Brady (12) embraces teammate Julian Edelman (11) after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. Brady captured his sixth NFL title. #APPhoto Morry Gash @morryg


A portrait of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is displayed at his grave, just outside of Tehran, Iran. #APPhoto Ebrahim Noroozi @ebrahimnoroozi
Khomeini was the face of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. His image is on bank notes and in textbooks in Iran, often as a black-and-white embodiment of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that swept aside the country’s shah and forever changed the nation.


Chinese women pose for a selfie near a tree decorated with red lanterns ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Ditan Park in Beijing, Jan. 30, 2019. Chinese will celebrate Lunar New Year on Feb. 5, which marks the Year of the Pig on the Chinese zodiac. #APPhoto Andy Wong @andywong0619


Scenes from a deadly arctic deep freeze that enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures triggering widespread closures of schools and businesses, and the canceling of more than 1,600 flights from Chicago’s airports. #APPhotos David Joles @startribune, Kiichiro Sato @apksato, Orlin Wagner and Rich Hein @chicagosuntimes
The bitter cold is the result of a split in the polar vortex that allowed temperatures to drop much farther south than normal. That meant temperatures in parts of the Midwest were lower Wednesday than in parts of Antarctica.