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Iraqi forces launch a major offensive to retake western #Mosul. (๐Ÿ“ท @reuters)
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Migrants rescued in the #Mediterranean off the coast of Libya. (๐Ÿ“ท @davidramosgetty / @gettyimages)
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A man crosses the Hameem desert with his ๐Ÿช in the United Arab Emirates. (๐Ÿ“ท Karim Sahib / @afpphoto)
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Hindus mark the Maha Shivratri festival in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ. (๐Ÿ“ท Shammi Mehra / @afpphoto)
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A @SpaceX Falcon 9 ๐Ÿš€ launches from NASA's long-idled moonshot pad. (๐Ÿ“ท Joe Skipper / @reuters)
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Meet Sergeant Major Christopher Self, whose love of mountain biking inspired President George W. Bush to host his annual bike ride for wounded veterans. He is one of the veterans featured in the president's new book "Portraits of Courage."
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(๐Ÿ“น @todayshow)

A cow milks the spotlight with the hopes of being selected as Saxony's most beautiful #๐Ÿ„ in Verden, Germany on Thursday. Around 200 animals are competing at the annual โ€œShow of the Best.โ€
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(๐Ÿ“ท Carmen Jaspersen / dpa via @ap.images)

Happy Friday! Revelers in costumes enjoy the first day of #carnival celebrations in Mohacs, Hungary on Thursday. During the parade, people traditionally dress in costumes with frightening wooden masks and use noisy wooden rattlers to scare away winter.
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Carnival festivities around the world go into full swing this weekend, leading up to Fat Tuesday on February 28.
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(๐Ÿ“ท Sandor Ujvari / @epaphotos) #๐Ÿ‘น

Attendees gather at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington on Thursday. President Donald Trump will address the group Friday.
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Speaking at #CPAC, Vice President Mike Pence said Trump's victory provided the nation with what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to install conservative solutions to the nation's problems.
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(๐Ÿ“ท Jim Lo Scalzo / @epaphotos)

Hattie McDaniel became the first black person to receive an #AcademyAward for best actress in a supporting role in 1939 for her work as "Mammy" in "Gone With the Wind" on Feb. 29, 1940 in Los Angeles.
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โ€œI shall always hold it as a beacon for anything I may be able to do in the future. I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry. My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel,โ€ McDaniel said after she was presented the award by actress Fay Bainter. The ceremony was held in a segregated hotel where an exception had to be made in order for her to attend.
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In 2002, Halle Berry became the first black woman to win the best actress award.
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In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we are looking back at key moments in African-American history.
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(๐Ÿ“ท Courtesy Everett Collection) #tbt

Meet Michael "Rod" Rodriguez, who comes from a long, proud line of family members who served their country. He was deployed 9 times over 21 years, and learned a surprising trade in his recovery. He is one of the veterans featured in President George W. Bush's new book "Portraits of Courage."
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(๐Ÿ“น @todayshow)

Some San Jose residents returned home to sort through waterlogged furniture, toys and clothing after being abruptly evacuated when a surging creek carrying engine fuel and sewage water inundated thousands of #California homes. With water levels from Coyote Creek receding late Wednesday, officials said some of the 14,000 evacuated residents would be allowed to return home.
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The water level in 30-mile long Coyote Creek reached a 100-year high during this week's storm. Flood warnings were in place until Saturday because waterways were overtaxed, and another storm was forecast Sunday.
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Downpours in the past few weeks have saturated the once-drought-stricken region and wreaked havoc for residents.
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(๐Ÿ“ท Noah Berger / @afpphoto)

Some of the last remnants of the #DakotaAccess pipeline protest camp went up in flames Wednesday as opponents of the project set fire to makeshift wooden housing as part of a leaving ceremony ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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The #OcetiSakowin camp has been home to #NODAPL demonstrators for six months as they tried to thwart construction of the pipeline. Many of the protesters planned to go peacefully, but authorities were prepared to arrest others who said they would defy the deadline in a final show of dissent.
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(๐Ÿ“ท Stephen Yang / @gettyimages)

Famine was formally declared this week in parts of South Sudan, which has been mired in civil war since 2013. The conflict has increasingly split the country along ethnic lines, leading the @UnitedNations to warn of a potential genocide. @UNICEF said 270,000 children in the country were severely malnourished.
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Swipe โžก๏ธ to see Siegfried Modola's images of U.N. efforts to provide healthcare and food in the the hardest hit areas of #SouthSudan. And visit the link in our profile for more.
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(๐Ÿ“ท @siegfriedmodolaphoto / @reuters)

The National Zoo in Washington said its final goodbye to its panda cub Bao Bao today. The @smithsonianzoo packed up the American-born panda for a one-way flight to Chengdu, China, where the 3-year-old will eventually join a panda breeding program.
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Bao Bao left in a special crate and began her 16-hour flight Tuesday afternoon from Washington Dulles International Airport.
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The cub won't have to worry about finding overhead bin space or dealing with a talkative seatmate on the 16-hour, nonstop flight. She'll be the only panda on the plane, traveling with a keeper and a veterinarian.
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(๐Ÿ“ท J. Scott Applewhite / @ap.images) #๐Ÿผ

Sgt. Leslie Zimmerman, who joined the army at 18, shares how she's giving back to her fellow veterans, and the special gift she gave President George W. Bush for his granddaughters. Zimmerman is included in Bush's new book "Portraits of Courage."
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(๐Ÿ“น @todayshow)