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One of the nominated photos: civilians who had remained in west Mosul after the battle to take the city line up for aid in the Mamun neighborhood. Photo: Ivor Prickett / The New York Times

The World Press Photo Foundation announced its 2018 award nominees today, including the six nominees for World Press Photo of the Year.

Why it matters: It's the first time that the nominees for the Photo of the Year have been announced — previously a winner had simply been selected after judging — and the winner will be selected at the foundation's award show in Amsterdam on April 12. (Warning: Some of the nominated photos are graphic or disturbing.)

The bodies of Rohingya refugees are laid out after the boat in which they were attempting to flee Myanmar capsized about eight kilometers off Inani Beach, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: Patrick Brown / Panos Pictures / Unicef
Aisha, 14, stands for a portrait in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. After being kidnapped by Boko Haram, Aisha was assigned a suicide bombing mission, but managed to escape and find help instead of detonating the bombs. Photo: Adam Ferguson / The New York Times
A passerby comforts an injured woman after Khalid Masood drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, UK, killing five and injuring multiple others. Photo: Toby Melville / Reuters
An unidentified young boy, who was carried out of the last ISIS-controlled area in the Old City of Mosul by a man suspected of being a militant, is cared for by Iraqi Special Forces soldiers. Photo: Ivor Prickett / The New York Times
José Víctor Salazar Balza, 28, catches fire amid violent clashes with riot police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP

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Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Getty Images

The state of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Thursday in an attempt to block the enforcement of its vaccine mandate for federal employees.

Why it matters: The move comes one day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin denied Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's (R) request to exempt the state's National Guard from the mandate.

Congress passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Senate voted 69-28 to pass legislation Thursday night to fund the government until February 18.

Why it matters: The move staves off a government shutdown but lawmakers still have a busy month ahead: Congress needs to work out a deal to raise the debt ceiling in a few weeks and Democrats are trying to pass their behemoth social spending bill.

DiDi to delist from NYSE under Chinese govt pressure

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Chinese ride-hail giant DiDi said it will delist from the New York Stock Exchange, following a Chinese government crackdown on foreign listings.

Why it matters: This reflects how geopolitical tensions are bleeding into the capital markets.