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Morrissey performs in Hamburg, Germany, where the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel is based. Ullstein Bild/Getty Images hide caption

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The death of musician Fred "Freak" Smith, known for his contributions to hardcore punk and his ostentatious humor, remains unsolved. Onam Emmet hide caption

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A banner displayed during the presidential inauguration ceremony of Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare, Zimbabwe, on November 24. Mnangagwa was sworn in as Zimbabwe's president after Robert Mugabe's forced resignation. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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New York's Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan. Famed conductor James Levine, its music director emeritus and former conductor, was suspended by the company while allegations of sexual misconduct are investigated. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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You've probably been surprised to hear a remarkable song you've never heard pop out of nowhere sometime recently — you're not alone. But as the terms of excavation shift, what are we losing? martinwimmer/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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