Donald Trump has been U.S. president for less than six months, but it’s been enough time to send opinions of American leadership plunging. According to a Pew Research Center public survey of 37 countries, a median of just 22 percent of respondents have confidence in Trump to do the right thing in international matters, compared with 64 percent at the end of Barack Obama’s presidency. As a country, the United States’ favorable rating fell in the same period to 49 percent from 64 percent. Israel and Russia were the only countries surveyed where the public prefers Trump to Obama. The United States is in the midst of what some worry is a baby crisis. The number of women giving birth has been declining for years and has hit a historic low. If the trend continues — experts disagree on whether it will — the country could face economic and cultural turmoil. According to provisional 2016 population data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of births fell 1 percent from a year earlier, bringing the general fertility rate to 62.0 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44. The trend is being driven by a decline in birthrates for teens and 20-somethings. The birthrate for women in their 30s and 40s increased — but not enough to make up for the lower numbers of their younger peers. Michael Bond, the British writer whose ursine creation, Paddington Bear, became one of the most beloved characters in the animal kingdom of children’s literature, died in London. He was 91.