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How to Make Sex Scenes Natural and Nonthreatening? Cue the ‘Intimacy Coordinator’

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ImageThe actresses Shelley Casey and Sara Wiseman ran through a choreographed scene in a workshop led by Ita O’Brien, an intimacy coordinator, in Sydney, Australia, in November.CreditCreditDean Sewell for The New York TimesBy Clarissa Sebag-MontefioreJan. 22, 2019SYDNEY, Australia — In the soft afternoon light, men and women huddle in groups, their images reflected in floor-to-ceiling… Read More

A Tourist Family’s Bad Behavior Has New Zealand Rethinking Its Welcome Mat

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Asia Pacific|A Tourist Family’s Bad Behavior Has New Zealand Rethinking Its Welcome MatImageA tourist by Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps in New Zealand. A professor who studies tourism trends said a British family’s exploits captured New Zealanders’ anxieties about the ballooning number of visitors from overseas.CreditCreditMark Baker/Associated PressWELLINGTON, New Zealand — They dumped chips… Read More

China Using Taped Confessions to Intimidate Young Communists, Students Say

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Asia Pacific|China Using Taped Confessions to Intimidate Young Communists, Students SayImageActivists in southern China demonstrated in support of workers’ rights in August. Dozens were detained, and the government has since released video of four confessions.CreditCreditJasic Workers Solidarity, via Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesBEIJING — For months, a group of outspoken young communists has put China’s… Read More

Venezuela Detains National Guard Members Accused of Turning on Maduro

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Americas|Venezuela Detains National Guard Members Accused of Turning on MaduroImageProtesters gathered in front of a National Guard installation in Caracas, Venezuela, on Monday after security forces surrounded it.CreditCreditYuri Cortez/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesCARACAS, Venezuela — Members of the Venezuelan National Guard were detained in the capital early Monday, the military said, after online videos showed… Read More

Brexit, Greenland, U.S. Shutdown: Your Tuesday Briefing

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Let us help you start your day. Good morning. Plan B for Brexit underwhelms Parliament, Greenland’s melting is accelerating, and the U.S. partial shutdown enters its fifth week. Here’s the latest: ImagePrime Minister Theresa May unveiling her new plan in Parliament.CreditAgence France-Presse — Getty ImagesMay returns with Brexit Plan BPrime Minister Theresa May returned to… Read More

After Deadly Assault on Afghan Base, Taliban Sit for Talks With U.S. Diplomats

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ImageA damaged building on Monday after a militant assault on a training center in Wardak Province run by the Afghan intelligence agency.CreditCreditJawad Jalali/EPA, via ShutterstockKABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban infiltrated an Afghan intelligence base on Monday, killing dozens of people in what Afghan officials said was one of the deadliest attacks against the intelligence service… Read More