tv Outside Source BBC News May 14, 2019 9:00pm-10:01pm BST
hello, i'm karin giannone, this is outside source. the us secretary of state — tells his russian hosts — that interference in us domestic affairs should not be repeated. there are things that russia can do to demonstrate that these types of activities are a thing of the past. foreign minister lavrov says it's time for the us and russia to put aside years of mutual mistrust it is clear that our relations have seen better times and there is potential for mutually beneficial cooperation and it largely remains untapped. whatsapp warns it's been targeted by hackers. the messaging platform urges one and half billion people to update their software —
after some users were spied on. and the world's biggest music competition kicks off in israel with the first semi—finals of the eurovision song contest. that's all coming up on outside source. sergei lavrov and mike pompeo met today to try, as they put it, to improve relations between russia and the us. their meeting in the resort city of sochi ended with an extended press conference in which it was clearjust how many issues divided them. before they got into iran, venezuela and the other world issues in which they sit on opposing sides, they had this to say to each other. it is clear that our relationships have seen better times and there's a potential for mutually beneficial
cooperation and it largely remains untapped. we have agreed that it is important to improve channels of communication, lately, these channels were frozen largely due to a wake of baseless accusations against us. interference in american elections is unacceptable. the russians were engaged in that it would put our relationship and an even worse place than it is. and it would encourage them not to do that, we will not tolerate that. not only by the russians but other countries as well. our elections are important and sacred and they must be kept free and fair. of all the issues dividing these two countries, iran seems to be the one washington is pushing the most. in recent days the us has pointed the finger at groups linked to iran for attacks on oil tankers in the gulf. tehran has strenusouly denied that, and called for an investigation. but the us continues to try to increase the pressure on iran. here's what mike pompeo had
to say on the subject. the united states will continue to apply pressure to the re until they are prepared to return to the ranks of responsible nations. they do not threaten their neighbours are threatened instability or terror. it's the latest meeting mike pompeo has held with iran on the agenda. a week ago, he abruptly cancelled talks in germany to make an urgent visit to iraq — because of so—called rising tensions with iran. and yesterday, he made an unscheduled visit to brussels to discuss iran with eu leaders. america's special representative for iran, brian hook, says mr pompeo wanted to share intelligence on iranian activities and threats in the middle east — but he refused to detail exactly why the us is concerned. credible threat from a lot of different theatres that the regime is starting to plan terrorism
attacks. this is the world's leading state—sponsored terrorism it has been this way since the early 805. when you receive these reports, you have to take it seriously. that's the view from the us state department, but the british general who is second—in command in the us—led coalition in iraq and syria 5aid something different today. major general chris geeka 5aid the coailition has seen "no increased threat from iranian—backed forces" in the two countries. pressed on whether that put him at odds with the messages coming from washington he later said "we're on exactly the same page" the new york times meanwhile is reporting that the pentagon has drawn up plans to send 120,000 troops to the middle east should iran attack american forces. president trump was asked about that today — he said it was fake news — but then said if he were to send troop5, he'd send "a hell of a lot more than that". mike pompeo and sergie lavrov clearly had lots to dicu555. here's sarah rainsford in moscow.
the summit started with a lot of warm words, even some smile5 particularly from mike pompei of the secretary of state and both men particularly from mike pompeo, the us the secretary of state and both men talking about their desire to normalise and to improve relations after they had slipped to the lowest level for many years. when it came to the concrete issues, that is when the differences began to emerge and it was many. it was on all of the key issues that these two men addressed in their two hour summit meeting in sochi. for example, the issue of iran, the rising tension5. mike pompeo i made it clear that the us remains committed to its mike pompeo made it clear that the us remains committed to its policy of maximum pressure on iran where the russian foreign minister said that would not work. he talked about being dangerous to force iran into a corner. there was the issue of venezuela, and mr pompeo said it was time for russia to end its support for president maduro and time for democracy to give the people there democracy back in
russia was very quick to retort to that saying that it was up to the people of venezuela to decide that. saying you can't impo5e democracy through force. after meeting with the foreign minister mike pompeo had another meeting, with president putin. it's hoped that despite laying bare the differences between the us and russia, these meetings may help edge their relationship on to a better footing. here's more from sarah rainsford. clearly no pivot in relation between the united states and russia at this meeting, but it was at least a tentative effort to make a first step towards renewing dialogue towards beginning to move along a path towards improvement. so very small steps, but steps at least in a positive directions. and the key question is whether or not donald trump and vladimir putin can, in fact, now sit down together again for a summit meeting. mr trump says he was prepared to meet vladimir putin in
japan, but that official formal invitation had not been made by the americans, but if it does come, russia would accept it. the messaging app whatsapp has been hacked, and its one and a half billion u5er5 need to update their software to protect themselves. here's the director of cyber security firm darktrace to explain how the hack takes effect. trying to intercept the graphic, in which case, they would be up to see the content. they haven't done that, they've actually been able to get malicious software onto your device and essentially remotely access it, so they're reading it as if you would. the attack involved what5app‘5 voice calling function. hacker5 call a target's device, and even if the call isn't picked up, the surveillance software can be installed. the 5pyware is believed to have been developed web by nso group. here's its website. it says the company builds software
to help governments and agencies fight crime and terrorism. but this isn't the first time nso's software has caused controversy. here's tom bateman. there have been numerous claims now that the software has been abused and sold to countries that have questionable human rights records. now, there have been two lawsuits filed in tel aviv against the company by activists from mexico and from saudi arabia, who say that the software was improperly used against them. a5 for nso, they said that whenever there is any evidence that the software is misused, it will investigate that and shut the system down and as for protecting people, it says that its systems have been used to save countless lives. according to the online rights group citizen lab tweet@citizenlab the hack was used as recently as yesterday to target a human rights lawyer. and the committee to protect journalists warns it is being used to target reporters, activists
and human rights defenders. let's find out more from dave lee, whojoins us live from san francisco. how clever is this software and who do we believe used it? the software is incredibly sophisticated. it has managed to breach what of the most used messaging apps in the world. but i think we should separate this into different questions. the first being who created the ability for this to occui’ as we who created the ability for this to occur as we understand it, we believe that is the nso group, the israeli security firm that sells its products to various governments and law enforcement operations around the world. the biggest question is who was using it in this way, because that is a separate matter entirely. at this point, we are not sure, of the particular nature of this being targeted. whether they are this being targeted. whether they a re lawyers this being targeted. whether they are lawyers or human rights spaces,
we do not know which regime if one, was targeting those people in particular. i think whatsapp is particularly concerned because they talk of data breaches in terms of how many people have been affected and when it is a network like facebook, 1.5 billion people on whatsapp, this is unlikely to be a large number of people. it will be a small group of people, highly targeted so it is not so much come because those people were who were targeted and for what purpose. how is it legalfor a company allowed to commercially distribute hacking software to an agency/government? the group as a company that is operating legally, they sell them to governments for the purposes of law enforcement. the companies that have these devices and systems that are targeted, they do everything they can to close the holes in their security systems make it possible.
but the nhs is allowed to do the business. —— nso is allowed to do business. —— nso is allowed to do business. it requires a licence to sell its products internationally. and as we were hearing in that clip, there are calls for that licence be revoked because, as human rights organisation see it, these tools are being used for purposes that it does not allow. so the pressure as a result of this particular attack, i think the pressure is going to grow on israel to stop the export of these tools. a5 on israel to stop the export of these tools. as it stands, the nso group is running its business. what can users do to make sure they're protected 7 security advice, notjust on this situation, keep your apps updated and have them check to make sure you are running the most recent version.
in sudan — the opposition alliance is blaming the military for the deaths of five protesters and a security official on monday. it happened in the country's capital, khartoum, where protests have been going on for some time. let's show you the clashes that took place last night. you can see it's dark — but the crack of gunfire can be heard. it's the first time since president 0mar al—bashir was ousted one month ago that any military unit has turned their guns on protesters. despite the violence, protesters are adamant they're going nowhere until the country is under civilian rule. translation: we will either live or die here. we are asking for complete freedom. 0ur brothers who died yesterday are not better than us. 0ur mothers are bereaved, for freedom, we will stay here whatever happens. translation: what happened yesterday was the dirty work of the ousted regime. they are playing the game of dividing the people in order to control the situation. we have to ensure that
the barricades are not removed. the us embassy in khartoum posted a statement on facebook blaming the military council for the violence, for, they said, "trying to impose its will on the protesters by attempting to remove roadblocks" but the council disagrees — here's what they had to say at a press conference. translation: we did not shoot one bullet. whether from the armed forces or the support forces, or members of our nation protesting in the sit in. we ourselves are part of that. however, we will not allow chaos. chaos is a scourge on the people. the question now is exactly who is behind this violence — and why was it carried out. here's the bbc‘s mohanad hashim, who has recently returned from sudan. if you hear what the army is saying, the arm is saying that infiltrators, if you hear what the army is saying, the army is saying that infiltrators,
they did not name the entity that was behind this shooting. they said the shooting happened from people that came from the riverside, from the university campus buildings. however, protesters are adamant that the people who were shooting at them were support forces which are paramilitary militia that is a part of the armed forces of sudan and define the claims that the people from the bridge were shooting at the military ludicrous because the bridge has been occupied by protesters who had been banging on the iron sheets that make that bridge. a5 for the sudanese professional association, the forces for freedom and change who are orchestrating this protest, they stand by what the eyewitnesses in the protesters who were and the protesters who were on the firing line last night. they said the people who shot ay these protesters were dressed in fatigues, they were riding on vehicles and they're calling on the military to bring those responsible
to account and also to hold an independent investigation for who called the shots are the shooting. for the shooting. how much shock is there at these deaths? you've been on the streets of the protests, did you sense a feeling of frustration or fear? when i was there last week, people were, when i was in the crowd last week, they are very steadfast in their resolve and what they want and it was almost a frenzy atmosphere akin to a football match when the crowds pile—up. at last night, watching through the footage through today, you sense the anger that is there, after all the reassurances from the military council that they would not use force to disperse the crowds, they see what happened in the nile last night as an attempt, the military counsel to disperse the crowds and their angry that
so many people have fallen. six people died up to 200 people injured, a lot of tear and beatings of tear gas and beatings and many see this as a sign that the military is just another face for the other regime. face for the old regime. let's not forget that sudan's long time president omar al bashir was only removed from power last month. well he's now been charged with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters. but that's not enough to satisfy everyone. the executive director of human rights watch — kenneth roth calls it: a good first step, but he still has not been delivered to the international criminal court to answer for charges of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. let's get more from mohanad on how likely that is to happen. the military council is not going to hand him over to the international criminal court. but if there is a
democratically elected governor, that may change. demonstrators and the country are concerned, they want him to stand trial and they do not wa nt him to stand trial and they do not want him to enjoy the luxuries that proceed the detainees, they want him to remain in a cell, in a prison and accra one where he can live within conditions that many of those who suffered under his three decades of rule had to endure. stay with us on outside source, still to come — some breaking news on brexit we'll have all the latest from iain watson in few minutes' time. there are calls for itv‘s jeremy kyle show to be taken off air for good after the death
of a participant. steve dymond died days after failing a lie—detector test on the programme which was never broadcast. angela smith, professor of language and culture at sunderland university, says she believes programmes should prepare participants more carefully. these programmes have a long large reach of members and public participation and a programme that thejeremy participation and a programme that the jeremy kyle participation and a programme that thejeremy kyle show participation and a programme that the jeremy kyle show and participation and a programme that thejeremy kyle show and other similar sorts of shows have. these are people who are perhaps not as media savvy and are certainly not trained to be in media performers. i do not think it's a case of regulation as it is preparing the people who are taking part in knowing what they're going to be doing, why they're going to be questioned or why they're going to be treated in such a way. and what they are going to do after the show.
this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story is? russia's foreign minister, sergei lavrov, has told his american counterpart, mike pompeo, that it's time to put aside years of mistrust between their two countries. allies of the controversial philippine president, rodrigo duterte, appear to be the main winners in elections for the senate. unofficial results suggest his supporters will gain a senate majority. this clears the way for president duterte to restore the death penalty in the philippines and to lower the age of criminal liability to twelve. the bbc world service has more on that story. high school students in somalia have been demonstrating in the capital mogadishu over the postponement of their national exams. the government delayed the tests after papers were leaked and sold on social media. the delay applies to students in the 90—odd schools in somalia's main cities
under government's control. the bbc somali service is following that story. at least five people have died and ten people have been injured after two seaplanes carrying tourists collided over southeastern alaska. both planes were carrying tourists from the royal princess cruise ship — one holding eleven passengers and crew, while the other had five people on board. more on that story on bbcdotcom saudi arabia says explosive—laden drones have attacked facilities belonging to the state oil company aramco. let's speak to samira hussain who is in new york. do we know who might have been behind the drones? we have seen that they have claimed responsibility and this comes two days after another kind of attack and so, if you look at where these
attacks came, they are pretty strategic in terms of how oil is taken out of the country and distributed. what has the stunt to the oil price? we have seen that the price of oil has gone up and although we are hearing from officials that really no damage has been done to the ability to output oil, it is still signalling a lot more concern and a lot more instability in the region when it comes to oil especially. a big week last week, further tensions on monday, it seems like china and the us may be cooling things down. what we hearing today? the president took to his favourite social media site, twitter, and said that when the time is right we will make a deal with china. he is expected to meet with him injune injapan, but who really has the upper hand and who is going
to blink first? if you look, both sites think they have all the strength, if you listen to the donald trump administration, china is on the reps it if you're in china, you would hear the exact opposite. a senior official at the chinese telecoms giant huawei has told the bbc his company would refuse to hand over any information to the chinese government — although no such request has ever been made. they believe that huawei is a connected to the chinese government which it is not. it is a private company and we explain this many times over, the business is owned by the employees, which is unusual for structure. but there are some 90,000 chinese employees of the 180,000
employees, we have worldwide, that on the business. and it is not controlled by the chinese government. nevertheless, it is a chinese company and there is a law in china, the national intelligence law that requires organisations to support and co—operate and collaborate in national intelligence work. that is not quite true. there are always laws in every country that national companies must co—operate with governments. that national companies must co-operate with governments. we can all understand why the laws in china area all understand why the laws in china are a little different to what is happening here. a state that has censorship in mass surveillance which has millions of its citizens ina camp which has millions of its citizens in a camp in the west of china. different of course, but the fact is that there is no obligation on huawei's part to co—operate with the government in which the americans are insinuating.
now to bangladesh, where trade union leaders have expressed concern about safety in the country's garment factories. it follows the government's decision to end western—backed inspection initiatives set up by retailers following the rana plaza disaster in 2013. from dhaka, here's anbarasan ethirajan. made anbarasan ethirajan. in factories like these here, far made in factories like these here, farand made in factories like these here, far and wide. last year the bangladesh clothing industry exported more than $30 billion of clothes. it is a lucrative industry but marked with accidents and tragedy. the disaster in 2013 was a watershed moment that the bangladesh clothing industry, more than 1000 workers were killed in the building collapse. following the disaster in 2013, western retailers and fashion brands set up safety mechanisms to improve the fire safety and bangladesh in their factories. improve the fire safety and bangladesh in theirfactories. the inspection regimes have led to a
dramatic decrease in the number of accidents and deaths. it ended its term and the accord has signed extension. bangladesh factory owners say the safety regimes should and, de—escalating plots and improving safety. ultimately, we make our industry safe, even from the governments system. but presidents and bangladesh say it is vital for the industry. union leaders believe that the safety inspections and, the damage to the industry will be profound and lasting. reminder of the breaking political news that we've had in the past few minutes. we learned from downing street that theresa may intends to bring forth the brexit withdrawal agreement to parliament and the week beginning june the 3rd, this will be the fourth meaningful vote if it goes ahead, we will have a lot more on
the developing story and watson. stay with us. hello there. over the past few weeks we have seen record—breaking amounts of rainfall across the central southern united states, which has produced some series of flooding but it is looking much quieter. the rain bearing clouds have been clearing off into the atlantic and high pressure has been building in, so it looks like it is said to be a fine and sunny outlook for much of this week. we start to see a change across the pacific northwest after he with conditions, the seasonal average, it looks like more cloud and outbreaks of rain and a drop of temperature is likely things to the low pressure system. temperatures will be covering across southern california and after seeing some very late in the season snow over
the high ground. salvation is still very high temperatures in northern india and we could be looking at the mid 405 celsius or even higher of the next couple of days. but one thing for certain as we wear on to the end of the week, we'll see increasing amounts of severe thunderstorms in the north and northeast and some of these can be pretty violent with large hail and frequent lightning. across the pacific region, quite a mixture of leather here, hot dry and sunny across the northeast of china with temperatures above where they should be for the time of year in beijing, 33 at 34 degrees but we are expecting a drop in temperature here as they move out of southern mongolia. we've also seen some heavy flooding rain across western thailand. this feature because australia is the remnant of what was cyclone and. the system has been weakening over the past 24 hours and it's going to bring some heavy rain and gale force winds but really is about it and it is rare to see a
system like this late in the season. much of australia is dominated by high—pressure sub plenty of sunshine here for rest of the week and improving story for new zealand is that whether system clears away with some sunshine expected to thursday and friday. and to europe, this area of low pressure has brought strong winds and amounts of snow to the southeast corner, the system is strong moves westwards but it will introduce cooler air and some clouds and outbreaks of rain towards the low countries and towards our shores as we in the week but in the short term we still have high pressure bringing more sunshine and settled weather, through much of the western side of europe and in particular, in northern parts the uk. so for the next couple of days is looking for find and try and settled and chilly mornings my you to be pleasant in the afternoon and a bit colder onto that fine weather towards the end of the week, but like i showed you, that weather system moving in from the east where you could use more cloud and outbreaks of rain just at
hello, i'm karin giannone, this is outside source. the american secretary of state — tells his russian hosts — that interference in us domestic affairs should not be repeated. i conveyed that there are things that russia can do to demonstrate that these types of activities are a thing of the past. russia's foreign minister says it's time for the us and russia to put aside years of mutual mistrust. it's clear that our relations has seen better times and there is potential for mutual beneficial cooperation and it largely remains untapped. whatsapp warns it's been targeted by hackers. the messaging platform urges one and half billion people to update their software —
after some users were spied on. and the world's biggest music competition kicks off in israel with the first semi—finals in the eurovision song contest. that's all coming up on outside source. the us attorney general has appointed a prosecutor with investigating the mueller inquiry. william barr has tasked this man john durham, the us attorney for the district of connecticut, with looking into whether the fbi were wrong to begin surveillance on this man, carter page, a trump campaign advisor in 2016. the mueller investigation finished in march, and swipe this redacted report was released a month later, detailing the fbi's conclusions on whether the trump campaign colluded with russia back in 2016.
throughout the investigation, president trump called it a witch hunt. his lawyer, rudy giulinani has tweeted ‘very suspicious circumstances. they must be investigated thoroughly so it doesn't happen to another president mr giuliani has welcomed the appointment ofjohn durham. and so has president trump. i am so proud of our attorney general that he is looking into it, i think it's great, i did not know about it, no. jane o'brien joins us live from washington— an investigation into an investigation — why‘s the attorney general doing this? because this really needs to be put to rest, we have had two years at the mother inquiry and two years of the mother inquiry and two years of the president calling it a witch hunt and something that should not happen to another president ever
again. from the outset the very basis of the investigation has been undermined, now william barr has previously said that he believes the fbi could carry out its duties correctly, but he wants to make sure and in doing so, the hope is he will put to rest once and for all the questions about whether or not the fbi and other investigators acted properly in launching the meal or inquiry. because don't forget at that time you had the firing of james comey the fbi director, you had a lot of people at the type of the fbi and allegations of the cabal, so it's really an effort to get to the bottom of this and say yes, the investigation was legitimate or perhaps it wasn't. how would this differ from the miller inquiry? while this investigation is
investigating the investigator so if investigating the investigator so if investigating the investigator so if investigating the genesis at the miller inquiry, what prompted it and what evidence led to the various wa rra nts what evidence led to the various warrants into surveillance of members of the tribe campaign. but the problem is that after two years at this, american confidence in the institutions and law enforcement institutions and law enforcement institutions and law enforcement institutions and the department of justice itself has been very eroded, and so to then cost aspersions on the investigation itself runs the risk of furthering the erosion of trust, now the best help is it'll get wrapped up quickly to forget there are two other investigations into the investigators, it all gets wrapped up quickly, and everybody comes away satisfied and gets put to rest, the worst—case scenario scenario is that these investigations try god into the next presidential election and that is
living fast, said these things need to be settled —— dragged on. living fast, said these things need to be settled -- dragged on. and then i'm impressed how you keep up, it's something he's been calling for a not lessening that criticism from the opponents to say he's too close to the president. that's the other problem, the department ofjustice is supposed to be completely separate from politics, and the next —— past two years and it's been eroded, —— or read it and william by did not help matters before even they inquiry was released, he appeared to be putting spin on it that favoured the outcome for donald trump stopped and map is another reason why you had lawmakers saying wait to hang on we need to see the whole report, we need to make up our own minds of what evidence says, we don't need his interpretation, it's up don't need his interpretation, it's upfor us and don't need his interpretation, it's up for us and the people themselves to decide, sell it again the blurring of these boundaries between
politics and justice and an attempt to actually separate them again and later rest that misgivings that many americans may have. jade o'brien, thank you very much. some breaking news just before we came on air... downing street spokesman says pm may to bring forward brexit withdrawal agreement bill to parliament in the week beginning june three and... another line that talks with labour that have gone on for many weeks will continue at an official level on wednesday, these updates came after theresa may met the opposition leader earlier to try to find a possible if i read that might be able to secure a majority in parliament. let's get the latest from iain watson in westminister. is this a sign of progress? not necessarily, it's a sign that their talks have not been called off despite demands on both sides, some people from what parties expect to
become for this process to be halted, so it'll be continuing but he does not mean they reached agreement, instead what the prime minister saying she wants brent to leave the eu by the summer at least and that of parliament disappear toward the end ofjuly for summer holidays, she also once had to be out of the european union and in order to dissociate legislation to go through parliament and that which i agreement belle, she delayed bringing fra to get a daily labour and that has not yet happened, she is pushing ahead anyway, this will happen in the first week ofjune, that after not before, after the european elections, the unwanted european elections, the unwanted european elections, the unwanted european elections that were ahead —— held in britain, and the egg first vote in parliament on the brexit legislation will then take place ten days after that, but that also provides more space and more time to try and reach an agreement with the opposition, and both can
find common ground, does a good chance residence —— that will pass, they can't have to say there is a great risk for theresa may that it will fail and if she is still in power by then, if that happens, there will be more calls for members of her party to go. if my memory serves correctly, this makes it meaningful vote number four. possibly yes but perhaps for a nap because she has to get this legislation through and not separate from formally ratifying the withdrawal agreement, so it would have to be a further vote, maybe rolled into the same process but there has to be a formal ratification and the necessary legislation to take britain out of the eu and it would take place is also possible that we got to further votes on this, as of grace as know she felt that each tab, therefore only if she can get members of her own party to change their are
sufficient numbers that she had a chance for success she's been under huge pressure and her own position people calling for a timetable for her to stand out, i think if you like, we would see finally the last throw that particular case early and she had one way or another we would know that she succeeds to get over the hurdle is necessary to take is side of the eu on anything like the timescale she has set which is really before the summer. another line to report on, the cheap brexit negotiator wise in brussels early today, ali robbins is there to discuss how change is made to the political declaration on the uk future relationship with the eu, what you mean about not? the word is we should not get too excited about that visit. in effect what he's there to do is find out if agreement was reached between labour and the
government, what would then happen to get changes from political declaration, this is that statement on the future relationship has brexit, and the labour opposition insist anything if they agree on when have to be reflected in that particular document, so in effect, stubbing out what would have been necessary to make it happen, but what he is not going to do is negotiate specific changes to the document because no specific changes have yet been agreed upon between government and opposition bring me back to the first question which is why in effect, although the talks are still going on, we can't be necessarily hopeful they will reach a conclusion and did the shadow foreign secretary today say she thought chances of reaching a deal would be pretty minimal. thank you very much. let's get back to one of our lead stories, the hack of messaging app whatsapp,
and the call for its one and a half billion users to update their software to protect themselves. the 5pyware responsible is believed to have been developed by web the israeli tech company nso group. earlier i asked our cyber security reporterjoe tidy, which client of nso group might be behind this attack. the sorts of tools we are talking about here are military grade cyber weapons, they are used by government agencies, security agencies around the well. it's not unusual, in fact it's routine for governments and an important organisations to use these types of tools to gain access to phones that they need to gain access to. for example, when they are trying to investigate terrorism or are trying to uncover evidence from a locked are trying to uncover evidence from a locked phone for example, there are companies like this one that's being discussed in the story, the group from israel, that can be used and employed to gain access to the sorts of information so we can get from that that they are the sorts of customers that are using these apps. just how clever is this particular,
what you call a hack, it gets around all the things we thought that were secure in whatsapp. yeah, when i woke up to the story this morning time i wasn't that surprised. i mean, there are these companies that seem to be may israel that are extremely adept at that sort of thing. not surprised they gained access to whatsapp, but it's how they did it. they managed to make a phone call, a whatsapp call, between one phone and the victim's phone. and you didn't even need to answer for it to infect your whatsapp with this malware, and that's extremely worrying. that's a no creek vulnerability, so no downloading, not even interaction and they were able to get inside the phone. so you could be the most sensible and secure thinking person with your internet usage and this could still get you. exactly, you could have ignored the calls, you could've seen it come then and just ignored it, but that's still enough. that's the thing that got people worried about it, his vulnerability and type of attack. we don't know whether or not the attacker would only have access to whatsapp, they could have had access to the entire phone.
stay with us on outside source — still to come... our moscow correspondent steve rosenberg plays his way through some eurovision classics as the world's biggest music competition kicks off in israel. for years now the government has encouraged us to install smart metres to monitor our gas and electric usage. now research by the bbc has discovered that more than two million of these devices are not working. that amounts to 1.7 billion pounds being spent on metres that are not doing the job they're supposed to. our consumer affairs correspondent colletta smith has the story. i want to live in a world where we still have polar bears. we all want to make big
changes to help our planet. that's what more than 14 million of us have tried to do by installing a smart metre. we are under pressure to get one. you might have seen the advert or been called or emailed by your energy company. but things aren't working out as perfectly as you might think. we've discovered that 2.3 million smart metres installed in homes across the uk are not working. that's 50% of all smart metres which have now turned dumb or not been connected. -- 1596. i will show you where the smart metre is which is a nice little box outside. andy's meter was only put in a couple of months ago but it's never worked. it's a nice shiny new meter but it doesn't actually work if you press any of these buttons. andy is not alone. i have been in touch with people across the country, like bridie from halifax, who is finding that her meter is often on the brink. and like anyone who switches, judith from cambridge and mark from marlow found that their meter stopped working when
they changed supplier. it only works with the people who fitted it. how smart is that? the government say work is under way to make sure devices stay smart when switching. energy uk, which represents energy companies, adds that 800,000 second—generation meters are now being installed. but even those meters aren't able to switch between providers so for now more than two million useless boxes are adding to the clutter of our kitchens. this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story is... russia's foreign minister, sergei lavrov, has told his american counterpart, mike pompeo, that it's time to put aside years of mistrust between their two countries. allies of the controversial philippine president, rodrigo duterte, appear to be
the main winners in elections for the senate. unofficial results suggest his supporters will gain a senate majority. this clears the way for president duterte to restore the death penalty in the philippines and to lower the age of criminal liability to twelve. the bbc world service has more on that story. high school students in somalia have been demonstrating in the capital mogadishu over the postponement of their national exams. the government delayed the tests after papers were leaked and sold on social media. the delay applies to students in the 90—odd schools in somalia's main cities under government's control. the bbc somali service is following that story. at least five people have died and ten people have been injured after two seaplanes carrying tourists collided over southeastern alaska. both planes were carrying tourists from the royal princess cruise ship — one holding eleven passengers and crew, while the other had five people on board. more on that story on bbc.com.
it's the european elections next week and across europe, there are lots of issues on voters' minds. in malta, one of those issues is abortion. malta is the only country in eu where abortion is entirely illegal — even if the mother's life is in danger. the opposition party have been putting up billboards like this — which says "i have a right to life". an organisation, called "doctors for choice" has been set up in malta this week. but doctors are scared about being struck off and "assisting abortion" carries a four—year jail sentence. here's sophia smith galer on what doctors are hoping for. well, doctors for choice, which is the organisation that's been set at by doctors in molokai, they're advocating for safe access to abortion for women in malta. amongst other things, but they are also campaigning for better sexual health education in the country. they are also asking for the provision of free and accessible contraception and they want to see how abortion decriminalised and that's only when those things
happened that these doctors hope that abortion can be legalized in malta and offered to women. we got the european parliament elections coming up next week, how much i had an election issue has this become? well, the certain politicians in the dashness party might like it to become an electric issue, the leader of the opposition and leader of the nationalist parties said this week that the european elections would be a referendum on abortion and the prime minister responded saying that was fear mongering. doctors for choice has only been around for about a week, so i think we are unlikely to see massively informed results at the european elections. take us back to the origins of this, why is abortion
still entirely illegal in malta? it's traditionally a conservative and catholic country. on the one hand, we had seen legislative change when it comes to things like the voice, that was only introduced 2011, 2017 we saw same—sex marriage becoming allowed and multi—. —— divorce. —— multi—. multi—. but there is still massively debating abortion and it's a country at about less than 500,000 people for example, i was in a facebook group today that is very much anti—abortion and there were over 21,000 members in that group, so i think we are still yet to see a very wide debate on abortion in multi—. think we are still yet to see a very wide debate on abortion in malta. the world's biggest music competition kicks off later with the first semi—finals in the eurovision song contest. we'll see the final on saturday night in tel aviv.
the location of the competition has caused controversy and there have been calls for a boycott of the event — in protest at israel's human rights record. israel's public broadcaster — which is hosting the event — responded with this tongue—in—cheek rebuttal. box 1 this was their response — in musicalform pretending to welcome tourists to israel. after receiving criticism, the broadcaster issued a clarification saying it was meant to be satirical and deal with stereotypes. in protest, palestinian musicians have held their own event. dubbed gazavision, the performance was held in a building that was hit by israel's most recent air strikes on gaza. (music).
for more, i spoke to charlotte gallagher from the bbc world service newsroom — and started by asking her whether madonna is likely to perfrom as planned. this is a very odd situation, as he said, days before the grand final, we were all expecting my kainai to perform, but not the organisers said that she has not signed contract and camper —— madonna. perform unless she signed a document and they had said that they never actually confirmed she was going to appear. now madonna herself is due to arrive in tel aviv it tomorrow, so she obviously thinks that she's going to be singing. and let's be honest, id madonna wants to sing at the eurovision song contest, she will staying at the eurovision song contest. i mean, it's a huge coup for them, this is a global superstar, a household name who the vast majority of people watching will know. but also for madonna,
this is great for her. i mean, last year 186 billion people watched eurovision and she's trying to sell albums. so even ifjust a fraction of people by her album, she'd be getting incredibly well. now if madonna does not perform, that means they will have to find another interval act, and that thing is some of the ones they had in the past perhaps had not quite had the mass appeal of madonna, should i say. yeah, who wants to fill that void? yeah. back to the politics of this we are attaching on, how much criticism has there been that israel hosting the final this year? well, pro—palestinian activists as you would expect are not happy at all that israel is hosting the eurovision song contest. and there has been calls for boycotts backed by celebrities like vivian westwood and peter grable. there has also been calls to the bbc who are broadcasting the show in the uk, not to show it. —— gabriel. also there has been a rival call saying people should not boycott it, the whole theme
of eurovision is about togetherness. madonna herself was asked about this, why she was performing and she said she would not perform because she put it as someone's political agenda. but she also would not stop speaking out about human rights. there were thoughts perhaps that there would not be a light of tickets sold because of the boycott colas, and also the security concerns of some people visiting there. the grand final, the tickets that's all about the only left our vip winds where people sit with the act, so it looks like it's going be successful this year and the boycott calls have not made as much of an impact as organisers hoped for. so while that's going on in the middle east, in russia, we have our moscow correspondent steve rosenberg. this is steve as we know him. but there's another side to him. he's also a eurovision super fan and he can play, off by heart, every winning song from the last 60 years. every year he performs them live for an hour on bbc news' facebook page while taking requests. this year — he was at the moscow house of music.
hello, barely a cloud in the sky for most of you to start the week. the air with us is so dry, we see big temperature contrast with the clear skies. by night, starting tuesday morning with the and by the afternoon 24 degrees warmer and plus 22 celsius, let's warming is bringing an air from anywhere particularly warm is at the sheer strength of the sign and how long it's not my day with barely a cloud in the sky, in this area high—pressure skies clear, when lightest across the north closer to the centre of the high, hence the temperature is rising the most and south, not rising as much more ofa breeze and that the state of play on wednesday, blustery conditions across the english channel coast and ill be breezy to the west of northern ireland, and so temperature is not as high on wednesday as tuesday, but would like to end across scotland and northern england back in the 205 again,
23—25dc in some parts of central and northern scotland. isolated chance of showers, across the lake districts and in southern uplands as we finished the day going into wednesday night, thursday morning but more of a breeze and cloud across western areas of scotland meeting thursday not quite as chilly, and temperatures by day lifting more, not chopping as much by night. going into thursday, high—pressure still close by, starting to edge more, so it —— i southeast breeze coming across the country not really strong, so if he showers and western scotland, maybe northern ireland and as the atmosphere starts to switch from high—pressure slowly to lower pressure, we take the lead out the atmosphere and seek more cloud, long pressure, we take the lead out the atmosphere and seek more cloud, long temperatures not high but still pleasant with sunshine and gentle breeze. this type to employ a little bit of blood pressure into friday, high—pressure sneaking away
allowing eastern breeze developing saw the way down in the eastern coast, and i'll feel much cooler, more cloud for england and wales and heights i need but if you showers, best of the sunshine further nightly temperatures in the high teens in western scotland, and that sign is still every bit as strong when you got it even if temperatures dropped away from levels at first half of the week. going into the weekend, and broad area of low pressure gone across france, not particularly potent so it'll be a case in charlotte popping up here and there particularly the closer you are to the low pressure system, self lit and wales difficult point in exactly you will see that most sunshine breaking through the cloud, may be more showers across each of scotland through saturday but to western scotland and northern ireland, let's make for stage i am bright and would like wind across the south, temperatures left a little bit here when you see the sunny spell so they feel a touch warmer than some of you had seen did this week. map hotairof low pressure is still close by and sunday, again not as potent and it loses emphasis of showers maybe not quite as abundant sunday compactor saturday, southern france and england and wales will have a few further north
as well and sunny spouse and temperatures close to this time of year, climbing a lot that across the southeast corner. as they go into next week, i love pressure across western europe there's a big gap in the jet stream wish around that gap will continue to see a bright area blood pressure, head of the close by to southern and eastern areas pinpointing this rate how close it up he is uncertain but what it will do what high—pressure is north of us introducing an northeast flow set turned cooler again next week wish i was neverfar away and at the moment looks like north and west areas are dry.
are warned to upgrade to the latest version of the messaging service after a security breach. the company says spy software was remotely installed on a targeted selection of mobile phones. 1.5 billion people use whatsapp, and they use it because they feel it's a more secure messaging app and that their conversations are going to be private. it's being claimed the spy software was developed in israel. we'll be reporting from jerusalem. also tonight... downing street says mp5 will get another chance to vote at the beginning ofjune on theresa may's deal to leave the european union.