this is newsday and the bbc. all top stories: companies across the globe are reporting they have been struck bya are reporting they have been struck by a major cyber attack. the us accuses russia and china of complicity in trafficking forced labour from complicity in trafficking forced labourfrom north complicity in trafficking forced labour from north korea. also ahead 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. and the chinese art it talks to us about his latest work— attributed to those who fight for freedom. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news — it's newsday. thank you forjoining us.
it is seven in singapore and midnight in london and a huge cyber attack is continuing to spread around the world. it is freezing computer systems and demanding that a ransom is paid. it began in ukraine and has a ready hit global companies including wpp, the british advertising agency, and merck, the american pharmaceutical company. 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. china has reacted angrily after the us placed it on its global risks of the globe offenders on human trafficking. the us has accused north korea of providing workers to countries like russia and china. the us secretary of state explained more. let's ever listen to him as well as china's response to him. many work 20 hours a day. their pay does not come to them directly but goes to the government of career which confiscates most of that, obviously. the north korean regime receives hundreds of millions of
dollars from the fruit of forced labour. responsible nation simply cannot allow this to go on and we continue to: any nation that is hosting workers from north korea in a forced labour arrangement, to send those people home. responsible nation ‘s also must look at china. it was downgraded in part because it has not taken a serious steps to end its complicity in trafficking. translation: china resolutely opposes us remarks about our work with trafficking. we are willing to fight against the crime of human trafficking with all countries but only on the basis of mutual respect. we will be speaking to amnesty international for we will be speaking to amnesty internationalfor more
we will be speaking to amnesty international for more later in the programme. france says it will respond jointly with the us if the syrian government launches a chemical attack. the american is carried out a missile attack after a chemical attack killed hundreds of people. syria denies it was planning any such strike. turkish fight rebels have formally ended their existence after 0bama campaign which lasted more than half a century. more than 250,000 people lost their lives. —— fa rc. more than 250,000 people lost their lives. —— farc. brazil's president has been charged with accepting bribes. and on the recording has been released in which he appears to give money to a jailed politician. there are been called to —— calls the him to resign but he maintains his innocence. mark zuckerberg use
his innocence. mark zuckerberg use his facebook page to make an announcement. it has been 13 years since he dropped out of university to launch the website. some foot on news and the world football governing body, fifa, says confidential reports on alleged corruption about handing the world cup to kartarand corruption about handing the world cup to kartar and dubai. corruption about handing the world cup to kartarand dubai. more corruption about handing the world cup to kartar and dubai. more on that story in sport. —— cup to kartar and dubai. more on that story in sport. -- qatar. an elderly passenger has delayed the ﬂight elderly passenger has delayed the flight by throwing coins and the engine for good luck. it delayed the ﬂight engine for good luck. it delayed the flight by several hours because engineers had to take some time to retrieve all the coins and they did and the flight did go off. let's
return now to the story in china been declared among the worst defenders on the human trafficking. we are speaking to the east asian director of amnesty international in asia. thank you forjoining us. why has the us put china in this category for the first time? is human trafficking really serious in the mainland ? human trafficking really serious in the mainland? human trafficking is a long—standing issue in china. both trafficking of people into china from vietnam, lagos, burma. labour is coming from north korea, working in very difficult conditions. as well as trafficking of wives, babies, so china is a very serious offender. why the us is deciding out to downgrade china and put it on the
list of worst offenders alongside countries like iran and north korea, is consistent with a strategy by the us to show that china is vulnerable are on the human rights front and that the us will use this to gain leveraged 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? china is fighting human trafficking but it is not fighting it seriously enough. it is not fighting it in a transparent manner and it is not fighting it by allowing ngos and civil societies to play a significant role that they play a significant role that they play a significant role that they play a round the world. so china is vulnerable on this issue and the fa ct vulnerable on this issue and the fact they reacted angrily to human rights criticism should really
surprised no one. they are trying to turn a genuine human rights issue into china versus the west narrative which is efficient with their domestic population but does absolutely nothing to address an issue that is extremely serious. baby trafficking, kidnapping, live trading... but could this 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 the trump administration has made several movements with respect to the rights in china and crackdowns on human rights activist and
politicians. this is something that we will continue to see. the question is whether china can show that it question is whether china can show thatitis question is whether china can show that it is demonstrably actively fighting these issues instead of just playing a diplomatic game. 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 dollars by the european union — for breaching anti—trust rules. the company has been found guilty of abusing it's power, rigging online shopping searches by promoting it's 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 new state, live from london and singapore. still to come: wei wei wei wei tells us what inspired this collection of portraits. he sees them as freedom
fighters. also ahead: a german vetera n fighters. also ahead: a german veteran of the second world war ta kes to veteran of the second world war takes to the skies in a classic british fighter plane. members of the neo—nazi resistance movement stormed the trade centre. we have the right to claim certain parts of this country is our land. we have the right to claim certain parts of this country is our landlj ta ke parts of this country is our landlj take pride in the words. chapman, prison pale and slightly chubby, said not a word and it was left to his lawyer to explain why he murdered john lennon. his lawyer to explain why he murdered john lennon. he believes god told him to kill them and that
was the end of it. the council now will advise the government that increase in lung cancer is due mainly to tobacco smoking. jack cork charlie has stood on the border of allied determination is closing. 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 are being hit by a ransomware attack. it started in ukraine and has spread as far afield as india and the us. the united states accuses russia and china of complicity in trafficking forced to 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. let's look at why. can we show you? the drama is building! we'll tell you why! hopefully we can show you. she has posed naked on the cover of august's vanity fair magazine. she was six months pregnant when this photograph was taken. she says she hopes to be back on the tennis court in january. she hopes to be back on the tennis court injanuary. do we have that wonderful picture of her? we don't, but i promise we will bring it to you in the next edition of newsday, if not before, but that story is
also on bbc.com. 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 those who died. a harsh reminder of the tragedy. the loss of life has been so great that extra labourers have been drafted into dig graves. this will be a mass burial. 125 bodies have still not been identified. the assistant commissionerfor the 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 camejust and then exploded on sunday. the inferno came just one day before even star 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 many were searching for missing members of theirfamily. 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. 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 for people in asia, overnight. it started in ukraine. this been some suggestion from the ukrainian police that it may have been started by being spread through accounting softwa re 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. it has hit really big companies across the world, wpp, the advertising company, a shipping company, has been recent cyber attacks in the last few hours in the us on hospitals that people are not yet sure whether there are links —— linked, but could be linked. how big
is this compared to the wannacry attack that we reported last month, that takes a lot of companies around the world? that takes a lot of companies around the world ? compared that takes a lot of companies around the world? compared to that where do we stand ? the world? 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 is unclear exactly how many machines it is on but the worrying thing is that all these security experts i am speaking to say this is actually much more serious implications because it is harder to kill the software. wannacry was stopped because security researchers found what they call a kill switch and so buy it isn't clear if there is that for all of 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, spoke to someone recently at a globalfirm, in the spoke to someone recently at a global firm, in the last hour, spoke to someone recently at a globalfirm, 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 port project, when he was incarcerated by the trainees in 2011. he uses lego bricks to create x—rated images of 126 people he considers to be prisoners of conscience or free—speech activists. —— pixelated images. they are very brave and in most circumstances they know they
could lose their life. they know that lost 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. trace was constructed by others following his design. it was first shown on the notorious prisoner of alcatraz and its transfer to washington comes at a time of heightened debate about the meaning of truth in politics, fa ke 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 many 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 m ista kes 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 eve ryo ne 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. we managed to get those technical gremlins out of the system. tennis star serena williams posing naked on the front cover of vanity fair magazine. that streaming online. one of germany's most highly decorated second world war pilots, has taken to the air over the skies of england but this time to fly in the plane he was flying against back then, a spitfire.
95—year—old hugo broch fought in the battle between british and german pilots in 19110 known he says he will take the back seat. a great pilot. 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. stay with us. we will be back with headlines next. see you soon. 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 fire 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 month's 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 two. briefly reigned in northern ireland, but for much of scotla nd northern ireland, but for much of scotland it could stay dry. lightning up in the south—east, at 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 try to the 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 war night as well. the big story is the rain is continuing. —— a warm night. the wettest weather will be for scotland and northern ireland. eventually turning brighter the 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 or more this 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 in the england and wales where we could have heavier bursts, especially in 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 com pletely weekend should be higher. not completely dry. it will be dry and warm when the sun comes out. this is bbc world news. our top story: companies across the globe are reporting they've 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. google has been given 90 days to put its house in order, after being hit with a record fine by the european union. the eu says google's search engine gives an unfair advantage
to its own shopping websites. and this story is trending on bbc.com tennis star serena williams 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 photgrapher annie liebovitz. she's said she plans to be back on court by january. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news.