Your Tuesday Briefing

We’re covering Sudan’s coup and a conviction in Hong Kong under the national security law. Coup in Sudan Sudan’s military seized power on Monday, detaining the prime minister and other civilian political leaders. The unfolding coup appeared to deal a sweeping blow to hopes for a democratic transition in one of Africa’s largest countries. Lt. …

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Inside the Thai Temple Where Tattoos Come to Life

The sky was streaked with purple when I boarded the early-morning train from Bangkok to the Nakhon Chai Si District in central Thailand. For the entire hourlong ride, a monk sat quietly in front of me, smiling, gusts of wind swirling the orange robes over his tattoos. We disembarked at the same stop, a small …

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Heavy Is the Burden on Japan’s Royal Women

TOKYO — One of the toughest places to be a woman in Japan is within its royal family. Nearly three decades ago, Empress Michiko lost the ability to speak after public carping about her supposed shortcomings as the wife of Emperor Akihito. Ten years later, Michiko’s daughter-in-law, the current Empress Masako, retreated from public duties …

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Heavy Is the Burden on Japan’s Royal Women

TOKYO — One of the toughest places to be a woman in Japan is within its royal family. Nearly three decades ago, Empress Michiko lost the ability to speak after public carping about her supposed shortcomings as the wife of Emperor Akihito. Ten years later, Michiko’s daughter-in-law, the current Empress Masako, retreated from public duties …

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