i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: a night raid on the home of the ousted malaysian prime minister as he is investigated over a multibillion—dollar scandal, as the man he once jailed hails a new dawn. of intimidation! no more! —— enough of intimidation! we have entered a new era. the us president remains hopeful that his summit with kim jong—un will go ahead, after north korea threatens to cancel the talks. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: taiwan's original settlers struggle to keep their language and culture alive. prince george and princess charlotte will lead the pageboys and bridesmaids at the royal wedding, but it is still not clear whether meghan‘s father will be there.
it is 6:00am in singapore and kuala lumpur, where police have been seen raiding the home of the man who until a week ago was the prime minister. on the same day, the man who najib razakjailed only three years ago was freed from prison, pardoned by the king' and lined up to be the prime minister himself in two years‘ time. jonathan head is in the malaysian capital, where he met with the former prisoner anwar ibrahim. after an extra ordinary week, the defining moment. anwar ibrahim, who
symbolised opposition from his jail cell, now a free man. the movement he began 20 years ago had eaten the odds and broken a 60 year long monopoly on power in malaysia. it all happened thanks to his reconciliation with this man, 92—year—old mahathir mohamad, wants his rival, then his jailer, and now once again ally. so was it difficult for him to make a deal with mahathir doctor mahathir mohamad, which ensure the success? frankly, initially i had my misgivings. but i had seen his speeches, and had seen reports of meetings, and finally, his commitment during the campaign. some were a bit cynical in the past, thinking this is anwar 2.0. but i realise you are dealing with a
different man. even as he was enjoying his first two hours of freedom, police were rating the home of the man he defeated. former prime minister najib razak was implicated ina minister najib razak was implicated in a massive corruption scandal. how quickly the tables have turned. that night, a large crowd came out to celebrate anwar‘s release, and the renewed partnership with the man who had once groomed him as a successor. they chant of the slogan with which he wants challenged doctor mahathir. —— once challenge. reformasi, because that both men now say they are committed to, and they listen to him, promising a new era of transparency and justice. well, you can still feel the jubilation here, of people who have done something
they thought was impossible, using their votes to force out a government that everyone said couldn't be beaten. and today they have seen anwar ibrahim, the man who first told them that change was possible, pardoned, freed, and speaking to them here. there are lots of difficulties ahead, but it would be churlish to deny malaysians this special moment of hope. let's take a look at some of the day's other news: a us senate panel has released documents related to thejune 2016 meeting between top trump aides and a russian delegation at trump tower. the 2,500 pages of transcripts include interviews with president trump's oldest son, donjr, and are part of a justice department probe into possible russian meddling. anthony zurcher has more from washington. according to donald trumpjunior, they did not discuss anything releva nt, they did not discuss anything relevant, the meeting, nothing came of it, and that was the last they
heard of it. but in the transcripts you could tell donald trumpjunior is being grilled by senate investigators. he said that i love it, if it is later in the summer. that whole thing was mostlyjust saying thank you, and that nothing much else came from it. also making news today: president trump has formally acknowledged that he paid back his personal lawyer michael cohen more than $100,000 last year. the information was in a disclosure statement released by the us office of government ethics, and doesn't say why. mr cohen has admitted paying a similar amount to the porn star stormy daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election. michigan state university has agreed to pay $500 million to gymnasts who were abused by ex—team doctor larry nassar. most of that will go to the women themselves, with $75 million dedicated to a trust fund for future plaintiffs. earlier this year, nassar was sentenced to lengthy prison terms after hundreds of female athletes testified about his decades of abuse. the man behind some of the world's most famous superheroes is suing
the company he co—founded for over a $1 billion. stan lee accuses pow entertainment bosses of coercing him into signing over his name and image rights when he was in a physically fragile state. the 95—year—old comic book creator came up with heroes such as spider—man and black panther. an eye for detail has helped a dutch art dealer discover this lost rembrandt at a london auction. in 2016, jan six recognised the hand of the master in the then—unknown painting and snapped it up for a bargain at $185,000. experts then spent 18 months using x—ray techniques and analysis of paint samples to prove the portrait of a young gentleman was the real deal. rembrandts can go for tens of millions of dollars. president trump has hinted that the much—anticipated summit
between him and the north korean leader, kim jong—un, might not go ahead next month. he was speaking after the authorities in pyongyang threatened to cancel the talks if the us continued to push for an end to its nuclear weapons programme. 0ur north america editor jon sopel has more details. it is an annual event, and each year it upsets the north — a military training manoeuvre involving 100 warplanes from the us and south korea. and last night, pyongyang engaged in their own live—fire exercise, with a threat to shoot down next month's planned summit. but, if this was provocation, donald trump was doing his best not to react. his comments in the oval office were conspicuously muted. we haven't seen anything, we haven't heard anything. we will see what happens. though, in the hubbub, he was asked
whether he was still insisting on north korea getting rid of its nuclear programme. yes, he says, but this is the thorniest issue. denuclearisation means one thing to the us, and something completely different to the north. the us national security adviser has said disarmament must be complete, verifiable and irreversible. he says it should be what colonel gaddafi did in libya. i think we're looking at the libya model of 2003—200a. we're also looking at what north korea itself has committed to previously. but look what happened to colonel gaddafi. without his weapons he had lost his insurance policy, and he was ousted from power. north korea isn't going to go down that route. and what was noticeable this morning was that the white house press secretary seemed to put quite a distance between the president and mr bolton's libya model. i'm not aware that that's a model we're using,
but i would... bolton said that over the weekend. i haven't seen that that's a specific thing. i know that comment was made, but there is not a cookie—cutter model on how this works. this is the president trump model. he's going to run this as he sees fit. donald trump has invested heavily in making the summit a success, and there is no doubt there is determination in the white house that it should go ahead. but not at any price, and there are some intractable issues that could still derail it. so will we see an even more improbable handshake moment? in seoul, on a film set, people queue to replicate it. president trump wants this to be his framed moment in history, but we're not there yet. the majority of people in taiwan are han chinese, but the island's earliest settlers were a different group who migrated from south—eastern china to taiwan thousands of years ago. their descendents now number only 500,000 people, and their languages and traditions are increasingly dying out. our taipei correspondent cindy sui recently travelled to visit one
community which is getting government help to pay the older generation to pass on all they know. this tribe has gathered for a festival, honouring their gods and ancestral spirits. the song they are singing is one of only 20 in their language that survives. singing along is this man, also known by his mandarin name. he is one of only five people, all in their 70s, who can speak the language fluently, and he is the only one who is fluent enough to teach it. translation: i feel like i am racing against time. if we don't work hard to pass on the language to our young people, it will die out. without our language, this tribe will disappear. this
year, taiwan's government will pay elders in indigenous villages like this one to teach the language of the tribes to young people. it will also pay some young people to learn the languages full—time. it is part ofa the languages full—time. it is part of a multi— million—dollar programme to save taiwan's radically endangered indigenous languages. but the tribe has fewer than 400 people, and many of them study or work in the cities, because there are few jobs in the village. many of the people here have come backjust for the festival. the youngsters speak only mandarin, even this girl's grandfather. she can say her name only in this language but struggles to say her age, even in a complete sentence. but there is hope. some young people are determined to save the language. this is one of three
tribe members who has signed up for daily lessons. translation: sometimes i feel the pressure. it was the elders who can pass on the language are all up in age. if anything happens to them, that will be the end of outright. united in spirit, but the tribe's survival may depend on more than unity. many believe it is more important to develop the local economy, so that young people can stay, and the language can be passed on. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: they attended their aunt's marriage last year. now prince george, and princess charlotte will once again be in the spotlight at their royal uncle's wedding. also on the programme:
what are you hearing? we look at the sound experiment that has divided the internet. the pope was shot, the pope will live — that's the essence of the appalling news from rome this afternoon that, as an italian television commentator put it, terrorism had come to the vatican. the man they call the butcher of lyon, klaus barbie, went on trial today in the french town where he was the gestapo chief in the second world war. winnie mandela never looked like a woman just sentenced to six years injail. the judge told mrs mandela there was no indication she felt even the slightest remorse. the chinese government has called for an all—out effort to help the victims of a powerful earthquake, the worst to hit the country for 30 years. the computer deep blue has tonight triumphed over the world chess champion, garry kasparov. it's the first time a machine has defeated a reigning world champion in a classical chess match.
america's first legal same—sex marriages have been taking place in massachusetts. god bless america! this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: malaysia's opposition leader, anwar ibrahim, is released from jail and declares a new dawn. meanwhile, police raid the defeated prime minister's home. uncertainty over the summit. president trump says he hopes his meeting with north korea's kimjong—un will still take place. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the international edition of the new york times has a story about the us pushing others to nuclear disarmament,
while it spends billions of dollars building factories needed to rejuvenate and expand america's nuclear capacity. this is in contrast to pulling out of the iran nuclear deal and placing demands on north korea to denuclearise. the front page of the japan times leads with the threat to the summit between us president and north korean leader kim jong—un next month. as we reported yesterday pyongyang said it would never give up its "treasured nuclear sword" in exchange for economic assistance from america. on the front page of the strait times, an article states that anwar ibrahim won't serve in the malaysian cabinet for now. though he received a royal pardon from the king on tuesday morning, he has said he needs "time
and space" to rest with his family, and travel abroad. we're getting more details about the arrangements for saturday's royal wedding at windsor castle. princess charlotte and prince george will be among the six bridesmaids and four page boys. there's been no update though, on whether ms markel‘s father will attend, to walk his daughter down the aisle. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. on her way to her daughter's wedding — meghan markle's mother doria ragland left her home in california for the flight to london. good luck with the wedding! conspicuously not travelling was markle's father, thomas, who, according to reports, is in hospital in mexico — possibly undergoing surgery, probably not attending the wedding. though kensington palace has still said nothing officially. leading the page boys and bridesmaids on saturday will be prince george and princess charlotte, who played the roles at pippa middleton's wedding last year. harry and meghan will have ten young attendants — six bridesmaids and four page boys — ranging in age from two to seven.
and while the leading players prepare, so too does the supporting cast. the harmlessly fixated, who attend all major royal events, have already bagged their places just outside windsor castle, to the fascination of foreign broadcasters. is this level of interest representative of the country as a whole? well, of course it's not. indeed, according to some polls, among a good many people there is, well, polite indifference to it all. but not here in windsor, a town whose identity is aligned with royalty, whose rooftops have been commandeered by international broadcasters, and from where this saturday this royal wedding, with its international twist, will be broadcast to audiences around the world. nicholas witchell, bbc news, windsor. one of the most anticipated reveals on saturday will be what the couple are wearing. manu melwani is the founder of sam's tailor in hong kong, who have tailored for members
of the uk royalfamily and meghan markle. he told me what she was like. she was a nice lady when we met about five years ago in hong kong. she came to our shop to have a nice suit length from us, a man's suit, which was very good. we made it very happily and she was nice and humble, down—to—earth. we knew all about her, she was an actress, but we didn't know she would be marrying prince harry. how exciting. of course, you are making clothes for her series, suits, it course, you are making clothes for herseries, suits, it was course, you are making clothes for her series, suits, it was about lawyers, the corporate world. you'd expect her to be tailored. in terms of her wedding dress, what did he/she will be wearing?” of her wedding dress, what did he/she will be wearing? i don't have
a professional idea of making wedding dresses because i've never done it so much. it needs a lot of manpower, a lot of tailors to work with it. you have to be very patiently making these suit dresses because you have to know they are very particular. the dresses need at least seven or eight fittings for the dresses and we have to be very, very patient and understand what the lady wants and what he had to do with the making of the dresses especially, how the dresses to be worn at the wedding. you are absolutely right about patience, my mum worked in haute couture, sir patient work is absolutely must. just say that rico that i get a last—minute invitation, how should the guests be attending? well, i
would be suggesting one of the special ladies cutout styles we do for all the ladies in our shop. we have nice brocade materials. nice light—coloured suit for the wedding. we can use them to wear with nice caps we can use them to wear with nice ca ps to we can use them to wear with nice caps to go with it. matching the shoes to go with it. matching outfits just in case we get those invitations, you never know. and we will of course have live coverage of the royal wedding on saturday on the bbc. but you don't have to wait that long. we'll be live in windsor from thursday to bring all the build up and we will have full coverage of the big day itself. you every now and again a debate pops up that threatens to break the internet. remember that dress?
the one where different people saw the same dress but in different colours? well, we have a new one. it's not about colours but sound. there's a huge debate about a clip of audio and whether you hear laurel or yanny. let's hear it. laurel/yanny. to tell us more now about the yanny vs laurel debate is professor lawrence rosenblum who is a psychology professor at the university of california, riverside. thank you very much are joining us. i'm getting crazy here. the split whether it is yanny laurel. what did you hear? i heard a very clear laurel and i cannot hear it any other here. same here, we are in the same boat. what is this mean in terms of the frequency of our brain in our hearing? the frequency of our
brains arejust perfect in our hearing? the frequency of our brains are just perfect but it says there are actually two sets of information in the sound, one that is informative about laurel, one thatis is informative about laurel, one that is informative about yanny and it can be heard in different ways depending on 1's background or rage probably, depending on the sound system you a re probably, depending on the sound system you are listening over, all those things can come into play. how different the two sounds are as interesting and as much as i've been discussing this with people, very few people can hear it one way and then another. they are stuck on one way and one way only. if you hear laurel, what does it say about your background or your age? we don't know yet. that is one of the wonderful questions this is brought up. we don't know what pushes people to hear it one way or another. it's
very much like that dress. i don't think there is any firm conclusion on why people sought one way or another at first. we understand what the information is, white might be ambiguous, but we don't know what pushes people to hear it one way or another or what makes people stick to one way or another. is it possible to hear both at different times of the day, or when you listen to another sound system or another computer? that's a very good question. many of us, at least the folks i've talked to, are stuck on one or the other. however my own son actually has kyder figured one or the other. however my own son actually has kyderfigured out one or the other. however my own son actually has kyder figured out a little way to help you hear both ways. it sometimes pushes people into what they hear. you can
actually, using a simple computer programme, change the picture the sound and if it is a higher pitch, more people would hear laurel and if it's lower, more would hear yanny. why has this been done and what we learn about this yanny and laurel audio clip? i think it was probably done by mistake. no one created it like this. i discovered he ——i studied an illusion called the mcgurk effect. that was found by mistake. that little illusion has led to a lot of discoveries about the brain. including the fact that the brain. including the fact that the brain. including the fact that the brain is designed for multisensory perception. it's also been used to are ——2 addressed —— to address things like aphasia, people
have trouble with language, people around the as purges or autism spectrum, it's different with them, you can never know what these things show. and audio illusion. yanny and laurel, the debate continues. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. we will be asking: how will chinese companies be affected by tariffs on their goods? we find out shortly in asia business report. your guess just mentioned the mcgurk effect. bar orfar? your guess just mentioned the mcgurk effect. bar or far? it's mesmerising. and let's leave you with pictures some pictures of this three week old aardvark, which has made its public debut at prague zoo. the weather to the rest of the
weakened the weekend really is looking very promising. as far as the short term is concerned, really chilly this morning. with clear skies, the temperatures dipped away and infact skies, the temperatures dipped away and in fact in some areas to barely above freezing. quite a big gap in the cloud across the uk. you can see scotland, northern ireland and northern england so here, the lowest temperatures. you can see those cool colours from scotland and the lake district to wales and northern ireland. in the south, slightly less cold. 8— 10 degrees. newcastle, first thing in the morning, two degrees above freezing but lots of sunshine on offer in the world will not change through the morning of the afternoon apart from a bit of there were the cloud. that's pretty much it. the temperatures not spectacularly high because it would have been at chilly morning. around 18 in london, 13 in newcastle, 15 degrees in belfast on thursday
evening is looking absolutely fine across the uk. a beautiful and today's forecast. but some of the good friday's weather forecast. today's forecast. but some of the good friday's weatherforecast. lots of fine weather around but the weather will go downhill a bit of it, at least for a time across western scotland, possibly some spots of rain as well but the bulk of the country on friday, is looking fine. maybe 19 in london, 16 in newcastle. the important weather forecast for the weekend, high—pressure anchors itself across the uk. the weatherfronts high—pressure anchors itself across the uk. the weather fronts are not far away, to the west of our neighbourhood but they will stay, can't move closer, because of that area of high pressure keeping the fronts at bay, winding from the south dragging in warmer air, and the weather looks perfect in windsor on saturday, starting at a fresh night or 10 degrees and warming up to the low 20s by the time we get to
the afternoon and it promises to be a fine day across the whole of the country on saturday, light winds as well, lots of sunshine around, and 20 degrees in cardiff, liverpool and eastern scotland getting temperatures in the high teens as well. a weather front has moved temperatures in the high teens as well. a weatherfront has moved in. there is weather in the forecast m i klos ko there is weather in the forecast miklosko but the england and wales, the weather should hold and another fine day on the way on sunday. many parts of england and wales having a dry weekend all way through. how that early next week? it looks like the warm weather will draw again from europe and the temperatures will be climbing once again. i'm kasia madera with bbc world news. our top story: a reversal of fortunes for malaysia's political leaders, as anwar ibrahim is released from prison. the former opposition leader proclaims a new dawn for malaysia. at the same time, police raid the home of the defeated prime
minister, as they investigate his multibillion—dollar investment fund. uncertainty surrounds the summit between the us president and the north korean leader, as pyongyang threatens to cancel the talks. but donald trump says he remains hopeful. and this story is trending on bbc.com: laurel. so what are you hearing — is it laurel or yanny? the internet is divided. apparently it is all a matter of which frequency you hear. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news.