SoundCloud said the subscription and advertising income would give musicians and other producers of content “the opportunity to be paid for the work that they share”. Photograph: SoundCloud

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: on some foreign policy issues, it’s Hillary the Hawk against Donald the Quasi-Dove. Photographs: Damon Winter/Zach Gibson/The New York Times

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On Wednesday a New York judge threw out Kesha’s human-rights claims against her former producer Dr Luke. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP/File

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Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Photograph: Beth Gwinn/Film Magic

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Singer Taylor Swift performs during the 58th Annual Grammy Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, the US. File photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

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Waterford in the south-east was founded by the Vikings in 914AD and claims to be Ireland’s oldest city.

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 Taylor Swift accepting the award for the Album of the Year onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy music awards in Los Angeles. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

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Caroline Vreeland and Shea Marie during New York Fashion Week last year. Photograph: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

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 Taoiseach Enda Kenny with President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin for   the dissolution of the 31st Dáil in advance of  General Election 2016, on February 3rd, 2016. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

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