Trump and Kim Jong Un sign a “historic document” after summit
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have begun to form a “very special bond”, according to the US president, following their meeting in Singapore. After their one-on-one negotiations, the two leaders shook hands and signed a “very impressive” document. Kim Jong Un promised that the world would see a “a major change” and thanked Trump for “making this happen”. Trump confirmed that he would meet the North Korean leader for further meetings and would “absolutely” invite him to Washington.
Midwives must respect mothers’ decision to bottle feed, says Royal College of Midwives
A new position statement from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has made it clear that mothers who decide to bottle feed their babies must be supported by their midwives. The RCM’s new guidelines state that breast is still best, but some mothers find it difficult to continue feeding their babies through breastfeeding, so should feel encouraged to bottle feed instead. The National Childbirth Trust says women often feel pressured into breastfeeding by family and friends, as well as people they don’t know.
Arron Banks’ Russia connections are under “very serious” examination
Tycoon and political donor Arron Banks is under examination by two government departments, to determine whether his connections to Russian officials undermined parliamentary democracy throughout the Brexit campaign. Home secretary Sajid Javid confirmed the investigation on the evening before Banks is due to appear in front of a select committee to answer questions about his involvement with Russian business leaders and officials during his time supporting, and donating to, the Leave.EU campaign. “The two departments are working closely on this issue. I would assure [Banks] we are taking it very seriously indeed,” said Javid.
MP Jess Phillips calls for end to online anonymity for trolls
The MP for Birmingham Yardley, Jess Phillips, has said online users should have to reveal their identities to social-media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, to deter them from becoming trolls. Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Phillips revealed that she once received over 600 online rape threats in just one night and is subject to violent and aggressive threats every day. Phillips’ comments come after Theresa May asked tech companies to clamp down on the “vile” attacks women face online, at the G7 summit.
Young people are getting “less intelligent” as IQ scores fall
The IQ scores of young people have begun to fall for the first time, after experiencing a steady increase since the Second World War. The first comprehensive study of the scores claims the fall could be due to changes in the way subjects such as maths and English are taught in schools or the increase in technology taking focus away from reading books. However, it is also thought that traditional IQ tests are no longer adequate indications of intelligence in the modern age.
Councils should send foster children to boarding school, says schools minister
Foster children should be sent to boarding schools because of the “life-changing” effect it will have on their future, schools minister Lord Agnew is to announce today. The comments come alongside a new government-backed report that claims sending children to boarding school will be more “cost-effective” for councils than keeping them in local care systems. The study is also supported by the Boarding School Partnerships, a scheme that enrols vulnerable children at top schools such as Harrow and Eton. Of the 52 “at risk” children sent to boarding schools over the last 10 years, nearly two-thirds of pupils came off the risk list and almost three-quarters lowered their risk status.