The Scottish child abuse inquiry published a list of the institutions that it intends to investigate. It named private schools (Fettes, Gordonstoun and Loretto among others), religious organisations such as the Benedictines, the Christian Brothers and the Church of Scotland, a number of 'providers' – including Barnardo’s and Quarriers – and several homes managed by local authorities (one of them, Larchgrove, was recently featured in SR). The education secretary, John Swinney, finally responding to the findings of the inquiry into the killing of Bailey Gwynne at Cults Academy, rejected the proposal to give teachers power to search pupils without permission. He said this would have placed teachers 'on the same footing as police officers' and radically changed the pupil-teacher relationship. A 16-year-old Vietnamese boy, who is thought to have been trafficked to Russia before ending up in Scotland, was found 'cowering' in bushes in Dumbarton.

The SNP tabled a motion in the House of Commons with the aim of delaying the formal start of Brexit negotiations with the EU. It found an unlikely ally in the former Conservative chancellor, Ken Clarke, who described the government’s vision of a post-Brexit future as a 'wonderland fantasy'. Almost 50,000 gay and bisexual men in England and Wales, who were convicted of sexual offences now abolished, were posthumously pardoned. An email appeared to show that Lord Coe, president of the athletics’ governing body IAAF, knew of specific allegations of corruption in the sport 16 months before he told a select committee of the House of Commons that he knew of no such allegations, but Coe insisted there was no discrepancy. Portugal's supreme court ruled against the parents of Madeleine McCann in their libel action against a senior police officer who implicated the couple in their daughter's disappearance almost 10 years ago. Children at a primary school in Derby are wearing slippers in class because research shows that a more relaxed attitude to footwear improves academic performance.

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, denounced Trump’s immigration ban as
'divisive' and said it was handing the so-called Islamic State a propaganda opportunity. The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said that 'worrying declarations' from the Trump administration 'put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy'. By the end of the day, a petition calling for the state visit to be called off in order to avoid embarrassment to the Queen had attracted 1.7 million signatures. Trump appointed a conservative to the vacancy on the supreme court; if he had appointed a non-conservative, it would have been news. Austria’s ruling coalition prohibited the wearing of full-face veils in public spaces such as courts and schools, apparently with the intention of countering the rise of the far-right Freedom party. A Dutch zoo is inviting a female orangutan to choose a mate by touchscreen as part of a study of emotion in animal relationships. Among the top stories on the BBC’s news website last night was: 'Who could be the next Doctor Who?'

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