this is a newsday on the bbc. i am rico hizon in singapore. our top stories: another global cyber attack hits shops, banks, transport, and energy networks. the us accuses russia and china of complicity in trafficking forced labour from north korea. ii'm i i'm babita sharma in london. —— i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme. what next for google? the online giant is given 90 days to get its house in order after being hit with a record fine. glad you could join us. it is said
in the morning here in singapore, and 1am in london, where a huge cyber attack is continuing to spread around the world. the virus is freezing computer systems and demanding that a ransom is paid. it began in ukraine has already hit global companies including the british advertising agency wpp, russia's biggest oil producer rosneft and the american pharmaceutical company merck. our security correspondent, gordon corera reports. a cyber attack is sweeping across the globe, taking systems off—line. another reminder of the risks we face in our connected world. the first signs came in ukraine. systems went down this morning. some people tried to take money out of bank machines, found they couldn't. even the radiation monitoring system at the chernobyl nuclear plant was briefly taken offline. the scale was enormous. we had the virus spread, cyber virus on the transport, bank, media,
infrastructure of ukraine, in government and in the co—operative sectors as well. but during the day, it became clear that the problem was not contained in ukraine but was spreading. reports came in of companies affected from russia across europe to the uk and also the us. those affected included oil producers, shipping and pharmaceutical companies and a london—based advertising group. they were all faced with a screen like this, telling them they've been locked out of their computer and needed to pay a ransom to get back in. computer systems which have not been upgraded or patched are usually the most vulnerable. today's ransomware has some similarities but is not the same as that which struck the nhs last month and, so far, there's no sign of health services being affected. experts say the new attack in some ways is more sophisticated, but the aim is still to make money.
well, ra nsomwa re is very effective because attackers can sit at home, in the comfort of their own living rooms, somewhere possibly on the other side of the world, and mount these attacks with very low risk to themselves and very high upside. in many cases they'll make hundreds of thousands of dollars out of an attack like this. so far the signs are that the uk has not been badly hit but officials will be watching to see how far it spreads and how much damage this attack really does. gorden correra reporting there. our other top story this hour: china has reacted angrily after the united states placed it on its global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labour. the us has accused north korea of providing up to 50,000 workers as forced labour to countries like russia and china. at a news conference, the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, explained more. let's have a listen mr tillerson, as well as china's response. many of them working 20 hours a day.
their pay does not come to them directly, it goes to the government of korea, which confiscates most of that, obviously. the north korean regime receives hundreds of millions of dollars per year from the fruits of forced labour. responsible nations simply cannot allow this to go on and we continue to call on any nation that is hosting workers from north korea in a forced labour arrangement, to send those people home. responsible nations also must take further action. china was downgraded to tier three status in this year's report, in part because it has not taken serious steps to end its own complicity in trafficking, including forced labourers from north korea that are located in china. translation: china resolutely opposes us making thoughtless remarks about other countries that work in fight against human trafficking. no country can solve the issue by itself. we are willing to fight
against the crime of human trafficking with all the countries but only on the basis of mutual respect. we will be speaking to amnesty international for more on that story later in the programme. also making news this hour: france says it will respond jointly with the us if the syrian government launches a chemical weapons attack. the americans carried out a missile attack on a syrian air base after a chemical weapon attack in april killed dozens of people. the syrian government denied it was planning any such strike. the bbc has learned thatjust weeks before the grenfell tower fire, the london fire brigade sent a letter to all of london's 33 councils warning them about the potential risks posed by building cladding and panels. meanwhile, a high rise block of flats in the german town of wuppertal is being evacuated as a precautionary measure after it was discovered to have similar cladding to that used on the grenfell tower in london. talks aimed at restoring power
sharing in northern ireland have ended for the evening. sinn fein have accused the democratic unioninst party of failing to move on any of the fundamental issues. the parties have until thursday to reach an agreement or face direct rule from westminster. facebook says it's hit 2 billion users — that means a quarter of the world's population now uses the social media website. ceo mark zuckerberg used his own facebook page to make the announcement — it's been 13 years since he dropped out of university to launch the website. world football's governing body, fifa, has released a confidential report on alleged corruption that plagued its decision to award the 2018 and 2022 world cup tournaments to russia and qatar. qatar has responded saying the conclusions drawn in the investigation represent a vindication of the integrity of our bid. have a look at this. engineers
really examining that hub of the engine there. a superstitious elderly passenger has delayed a china southern airlines flight in shanghai after throwing coins at the engine for good luck. the 80—year—old told police she prayed for safety. it took engineers several hours to retrieve all the coins. they did eventually, and the flight took off. let's go back to that story about china being declared among the worst offenders on human trafficking. nicholas bequelin, east asia director for rights campaign group amnesty international spoke to me earlierfrom bangkok. yeah, human trafficking is a long—standing issue in china. both trafficking from people into china, from vietnam, from lagos, from burma. labourers coming from north korea, working in very difficult conditions. as well as trafficking of wives,
trafficking of babies, so china is a very serious offender in respect to human trafficking. why the us is deciding now to downgrade china and put it on the list of the worst offenders, alongside with countries like iran and north korea, is consistent with a strategy by the us to show that china is vulnerable on the human rights fronts and that the us will use this to gain leverage on other issues. but we have just heard of the chinese government, they have reacted angrily to these accusations and they are saying that they are fighting human trafficking? china is fighting human trafficking but it is not fighting it vigorously enough. it is not fighting it in a transparent manner. and it is not fighting it by allowing ngos and civil societies and international organizations
to play the significant role that they play around the world. so china is vulnerable on this issue and the fact they react angrily to human rights criticism should really surprise no one. they are trying to turn a genuine human rights issue into a china versus the west narrative, which is quite efficient with their own domestic population, but, again, does absolutely nothing to address an issue that is extremely serious. baby trafficking, kidnapping, wife trading... but could this also be politically motivated on the part of the us because they want to pressure beijing over north korea? well, governments are always politically motivated and very often when it comes to human rights, even more so. but i think
what we have to see is that the trump administration has made several moves with respect to human rights in china, in respect to the crackdown against human rights activists, in respects to labour conditions, and i think this is something that we will continue to see. the question is whether china can show that it is demonstrably, actively fighting these issues instead ofjust playing a diplomatic game of pointing the finger at each other.. so far we have not seen china take the steps that it needs to take. tech giant google says it's considering appealing after being fined a record $2.7 billion by the european union for breaching anti—trust rules. the company has been found guilty of abusing its power, rigging online shopping searches by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of its web page,
while the results of competitors are buried much further down. google has been told to end its practices within 90 days orface more fines. amol rajan has the story. they're the new masters of the universe. google's products have changed our lives forever but, today, the company was brought down to earth in the brussels headquarters of the european commission. after a seven—year investigation into google's business practices, commissioner margrethe vestager delivered a brutal verdict. google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving illegal advantages to another google product, its shopping comparison service. if you search google for something that you want to buy — say, for instance, my new cricket bat — several ads appear here at the top of the screen. these are clearly marked ‘sponsored' and are part of a service called google shopping. each time i click on one of the ads, the american tech giant earns some money. but today, the european commission ruled that this prime real estate gives google an unfair advantage. kelkoo is one of the companies that brought the case.
it says google needs to be reined in. it said, right, i'm going to take over this marketplace and i'm going to demote you all and put myself at the top of the listings. anti—competitive. they can't do that when they have a 90% share in general search. they use that power, and that's wrong. google said it respectfully disagreed with the decision and would take the 90 days granted by the commission to find a solution. 0ne former google insider says the company is being punished for its success. the reality is, google is all about creating a great user experience. the reason why people come back and we use it probably on a daily basis is because it enables us to find what we are looking for as quickly as possible, it's a frictionless experience. and they need to stay competitive. for years now, european officials have been itching to subject tech giants to fresh regulations. but over in silicon valley, many leading innovators believe social problems usually have a technological, rather than legal solution. one of the great mantras
of silicon valley is, move fast and break things. i don't think that many people would characterise eu bureaucracy as having that kind of spirit. there are two very different worldviews — america and europe. and they have very different attitudes on competition, on access to data, even on very fundamental things like the profit motive. whether it's a good thing or not. what i think is fascinating about this case is it really shows a very different attitude. through remarkable innovation and engineering, google has become integral to our daily routines. this record fine is a reminder that it is at base an advertising company, which uses our personal data to sell us things. if you don't like the search results, well, there's always yahoo!. amol rajan, bbc news. you are watching newsday on the bbc, live from singapore and london. still to come on the programme: we'll be hearing from a cyber expert
about how far the latest global attack has spread — and what can be done about it. also on the programme: the dissident chinese artist ai weiwei tells us what inspired his latest work — portraits of fellow freedom fighters made from lego bricks. members of the of the neo—nazi resistance movement stormed the world trade center armed with pistols and shotguns. we believe that, according to international law, that we have a right to claim certain parts of this country as ourland. i take pride in the words "ich bin ein berliner." cheering and applause chapman, prison—pale and slightly chubby, said not a single word in open court. it was left to his lawyer to explain his decision to plead guilty to murdering john lennon. he believes that onjune 8th, god told him to plead guilty, and that was the end of it.
the medical research council have now advised the government that the great increase in lung cancer is due mainly to smoking tobacco. it was closing time for checkpoint charlie which, for 29 years, has stood on the border as a mark of allied determination to defend the city. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: computer systems around the world have been hit by a major cyber—attack that's affected banks, retailers, energy firms and transport networks. the united states has put china on its global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking — mainly because of forced labour from north korea. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world.
like many of the uk papers, the financial times leads with the fresh cyber attack that hit a number of big companies earlier. experts say the attack is similar to the wannacry ransomeware assault that hit 150 countries last month. the philippine daily inquirer reports on the continuing siege in marawi. battle for control of the city is entering its sixth week as the government refuses to negotiate with the militants. japan times leads with the us—based pew research centre report on america's image. the survey covered 37 countries. it turns out that less than one in fourjapanese have faith in the new us president. finally, the uk the independent says some uk councils will have to shell out millions of dollars to replace poor insulation following the grenfell fire. this image highlights the painstaking process
being carried out on tower blocks across the country. 95 buildings have now failed safety tests. a tennis superstar is sparking discussions online? well, rico, tennis star serena williams has got people talking. the tennis star has posed naked for the cover of this month's vanity fair magazine. she was six months pregnant when this picture was taken — by celebrity photographer annie liebovitz. she's said she plans to be back on court by january. a mass burial has been held in pakistan for 125 people who died on sunday when an oil tanker burst into flames in bahawalpur. those buried on tuesday could not be identified. but dna samples have been taken so they can be matched with family members and given individual burials later. daniela relph reports. 0n the back of a tractor, driven to the hospital,
coffins for the bodies of those who died. a harsh reminder of the tragedy. the loss of life has been so great that extra labourers have been drafted in to dig graves. this will be a mass burial. i25 bodies have still not been identified. the assistant commissioner for the area said dna samples had been taken, but as the bodies had started decomposing a decision was made to bury them quickly. the fuel tanker overturned and then exploded on sunday. the inferno came just one day before events to mark the end of ramadan. instead of preparing to celebrate, local people were faced with the horrific aftermath of the blaze. many were searching for missing members of their family. the injured have been transferred to a number of hospitals with specialist burns units. today, senior military officials
visited to see for themselves how the hospitals were coping. but across the province today the focus has been on burying the dead. imams leading funeral prayers for those who had been identified. as this community faces its own devastating loss, the government has promised a thorough investigation into how this could possibly have happened. daniela relph, bbc news. back to our top story now. those cyber attacks that are claiming an increasing number of victims right around the world. hannah kuchler is the cyber security correspondent for the financial times and is based in san francisco. she explained just how far this attack has already spread. this has been a really fast moving story overnight for people in asia. it started in ukraine. there been some suggestion from the ukrainian police that it may have been started
by being spread through accounting software in the ukraine, which was then used by a whole load of companies. it has hit really big companies across the world, like wpp, the advertising company, maersk, the shipping company. and there are the recent cyber attacks in the last few hours in the us on hospitals that people are not yet sure whether they're linked, but could be linked. how big is this compared to the wannacry attack that we reported last month, that attacked a lot of companies around the world 7 compared to that where do we stand? it is very similar in that it has targeted a lot of companies and is spreading incredibly fast and it is also ransomware, so it's about trying to get owners of these computers to pay up. it's unclear exactly how many machines it's on, but the worrying thing is that all these security experts i'm speaking to say this is actually much more serious,
the implications, because it's harder to kill the software. wannacry was stopped because security researchers found what they call a kill switch, but it isn't clear if there is that for this ransomware. are there any reports about companies being affected in the asia—pacific region? we don't have named companies, but i spoke to someone recently at a global firm, in the last hour, and they said they had seen global companies based in asia being affected. the chinese artist ai weiwei is an outspoken champion of human rights, views that led to his own detention in china in 2011. this week he's in washington,
promoting one of his most significant works, lego brick portraits of people he calls freedom fighters. his work's on display at the hirshhorn gallery, where jane 0'brien caught up with him. ai weiwei came up with the idea for trace, a sprawling portrait project, when he was incarcerated by the chinese in 2011. he uses lego bricks to create pixelated images of 126 people he considers to be prisoners of conscience, or free—speech activists. they are very brave and in most circumstances they know they could lose their life. they know they'll lose all they have. most of the people you portray here have been imprisoned by repressive regimes. but some of your portraits are of people who have been imprisoned in the united states. how do you think visitors will react to that? for many visitors they wouldn't be surprised.
very often we think we are living in a free world or free society. i think this is a very shallow thinking. for me, chelsea manning is so brave. like many of his projects, trace was constructed by others following his design. it was first shown in the notorious prison of alcatraz and its transfer to washington comes at a time of heightened debate about the meaning of truth in politics, fake news and the power of social media. a medium ai weiwei has mastered. what impact do you think president donald trump has when he uses social media? i often heard a lot of criticism, but i also think there's a lot we want to know, how this guy really thinks about or even the mistakes this guy can make, but the discussion is still always on the surface. audiences may not sympathise with the motives of everyone
portrayed in trace, but the broad aim of his work is to raise questions about the nature of freedom and how it is protected or violated by governance. your lawyer cannot defend the hue. your lawyer cannot defend the hue. yourfamily your lawyer cannot defend the hue. your family cannot know where you are. “— your family cannot know where you are. —— defend you. audiences may not sympathise with the motives of everyone portrayed in trace, but the broad aim of his work is to raise questions about the nature of freedom and how it is protected or violated by governance. amazing works from ai weiwei ai weiwei.
you have been watching newsday. stay with us. we continue our look back at the asian financial crisis 20 years ago with a report on how one of the worst—hit countries, indonesia, has fared since then. and before we go, let's take a look at these pictures. this is pituco — he's a 12 year old pup in parai, southern brazil, and he's so worried about missing out on his treats, he heads to the pet shop himself to pick up his own grub. pituco is blind in one eye but that hasn't stopped him from making the daily trip for the last nine years. he trots along just over half a kilometre a day to get himself to his local pet shop. 0ften often with a pitstop. but he still has to pay and that falls on his owner who quietly visits the pet shop later on to hand over the cash. good morning. since the start of the week, the weather has turned. we see more rain around. this picture was taken
at swanage, in dorset. instead of the sunshine on monday we had the rain of tuesday. rain far and wide in the uk. 56 millimetres already in the isle of man. recently we saw the wettest weather in the south—east, spilling into east anglia. both those areas seeing about a months worth of rain in 2a hours or so. with rain developing widely in england and wales, some heavy rain and a lot of water on the roads. surface spray even into the morning rush—hour. it could be tricky on the roads if you are going to be travelling. you can see how extensive the rain is in england and wales by wednesday morning. heavy burst too. briefly raining in northern ireland, but for much of scotland it could stay dry. brightening up in the south—east, but unlikely to do so in the south—west of england. the threat of more rain coming in and the rain never really clears from wales. it does brighten up. warm in the south—east later. it could trigger heavy showers. further north, much cooler in the north midlands, especially northern england.
the rain and a keen wind off the north sea. it should turn dry and perhaps drying up in northern ireland and this time the driest weather will be across scotland on wednesday. again, chilly with the winds off the north sea. that rain continues to push northwards through wednesday evening and wednesday night. it will turn went in scotland and northern ireland. the rain still around in northern england and north wales, but to the south and south—east it could be dry. quite a warm night as well. the big story is the rain is continuing. the wettest weather will be for scotland and northern ireland. eventually turning brighter in northern england. for many parts of england and wales it could be dry, with brighter skies. bit of warmth as well and humidity. further north, where we have the rain and the winds coming in from the east, it will feel cold. quite a bit colder than it should do for this time of year. low pressure responsible for the rain, which doesn't know whether it is coming or going. as we can see it is moving northwards. 0n the friday that low pressure
drags on southwards again into england and wales, where we could have heavier bursts, especially in the east of england. turning dry off scotland and ireland. some sunshine, but again stronger winds, this time coming from the north. pressure over the weekend should be higher. not completely dry. it will be dry and warm when the sun comes out. you are watching bbc world news. i'm babita sharma. our top story: banks, shops, transport and energy networks across the globe have been hit by a major cyber attack. the ransomware attack began in ukraine and russia, before spreading to companies in europe, the us and india. it's exploiting a similar loophole to the wannacry virus, which caused havoc last month. the european union has imposed a record $2.5 billion fine on google and given the company 90 days to end illegal practices that give the internet search company unfair advantages to its own shopping websites. and this story is trending on bbc.com: