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Interview: New York Times Editor Dean Baquet

Spiegel asks hard questions and Baquet answers them. On not republishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons: “As much as I love showing solidarity, that’s my second or third most important job. My first most important job is to serve the readers of the New York Times, and a big chunk of the readers of the New York Times are people who would be offended by showing satire of the Prophet Muhammad” (3,390 words)

Lunch With The FT: Sir Stephen Wall

Proof that there are second and even third acts in British lives. Stephen Wall was Britain’s ambassador to the European Union and then Tony Blair’s adviser on Europe. A lifelong Catholic, he retired from the civil service to serve as policy adviser to the Archbishop of Westminster. But “in his early sixties” he read Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion and lost his faith. He came out as gay and his divorce is pending. Now read on (2,500 words)

Obituary: King Abdullah Of Saudi Arabia

He came late to the throne and achieved little or nothing good. He used his wealth to undermine the Arab Spring, particularly in Egypt, and so “helped to reverse the prospect of democracy in the Arab world”. Under his rule Saudi Arabia “degenerated into multiple fiefdoms”. Like his father he married the daughters and widows of defeated enemies: “He is believed to have had around 30 wives, 15 sons and 20 daughters” (2,500 words)

Why Legal Gender?

A short piece raising simple questions which would have seemed absurd to most people a generation ago, but now seem more than reasonable: “Why do we have to have a legal gender? Why even have someone’s gender on their passport? Why do we have to have a gendered title at all? It’s an interesting debate that will only grow as more and more people challenge what it means to be a man or a woman” (500 words)

Father, Son & Double Helix

Paternity-testing by DNA has boomed in India since the first commercial clinic opened in 2008. Most requests come from couples living in “joint families” where “the uncertainty over a child’s parentage tends to be high”. Maternity tests are also popular. Hospitals request them when staff inadvertently mix up babies, and in cases of “child swap” when professional thieves steal newborn boys and substitute girls (2,600 words)

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