Durban, South Africa—Contestants sing as they begin their routine during the annual Ingoma traditional Zulu dance competition, March 21. Rogan Ward/Reuters Akra, Iraq—Iraqi Kurdish people carry fire torches up a mountain, as they celebrate Newroz Day, a festival marking their spring and new year, March 20. Ari Jalal/Reuters Elizondo, Spain—Atila, a trained therapeutic greyhound used to treat patients with mental health issues and learning difficulties, falls asleep as it gets caressed by three patients at Benito Menni health facility, February 13. Susana Vera/Reuters Mosul, Iraq—A man carries his daughter toward Iraqi soldiers on March 4. Iraqi forces, aided by American airstrikes, are trying to wrench the western part of the city from the Islamic State group. The fighting has been fierce, as ISIS, vastly outnumbered—and already overrun in the eastern part of the city—is using snipers and mortar rounds to maintain control of its last Iraqi stronghold. Meanwhile, more than half a million civilians are reportedly trapped in territory still controlled by the militants, as Iraqi forces prepare to enter a part of the old city, where the battles are expected to be especially brutal due to the close quarters.
Goran Tomasevic/Reuters London—Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (in red) attends the dedication service for the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial with the Queen (in blue) in London, March 9. Sturgeon confirmed she would seek a second referendum on Scottish independence in an effort to keep Scotland in the European Union. Scots voted against independence in 2014, but after the Brexit vote in 2016, many are angry they will be forced to leave the EU. Sturgeon wants to hold the new referendum before Brexit is completed in the spring of 2019.
Stuart C. Wilson/Getty New York—People photograph a statue of a girl facing down the iconic Wall Street bull statue in New York’s financial district, March 8. The bronze statue known as Fearless Girl was installed by investment firm State Street Global Advisors, with an inscription at the base proclaiming: "Know the power of women in leadership. She makes a difference." The statue attracted some controversy at a time when women have been organizing protests across the United States since the election of President Donald Trump. A photograph of a man in a suit pretending to perform a sexual act on the statue went viral.
Mark Lennihan/AP Washington, D.C.—Activists erected teepees near the Washington Monument on March 8 to protest the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. That same day, a federal judge declined to temporarily halt the final phase of construction. The decision came a month after the Trump White House cleared the way for the pipeline’s completion, reversing a decision by the Obama administration. The oil could begin flowing this month.
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