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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. amazon is fined almost $900 million — the biggest fine ever — for breaking the eu's data protection laws. two crew members are killed after an israeli operated oil tanker is attacked by a drone off the coast of oman. with coronavirus cases rising in parts of the united states, we'll get a special report from a county in arkansas, where only a third of its population has been fully vaccinated. and hollywood star scarlettjohansson sues disney
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for breach of contract — after it streamed her film black widow at the same time as its cinema release. hello and welcome. we start with amazon, which has been fined almost $900 million for breaking the european union's data protection laws. it's the biggest fine ever imposed under the eu's privacy regulations. the online retail giant has been criticised in recent years for the information it gathers from its customers�* shopping histories. amazon is almost certain to contest the ruling. here's our business correspondent samira hussain in new york. it is certainly a much bigger amount that was predicted, and also it shows that luxembourg, which is where amazon is headquartered in the eu, is willing to really show its might
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and to enforce these rules. in the past, it has been a lot more favourable to these us multinationals that are coming and establishing itself there. look, this is a big way for the eu to really send a message that you need to abide by these rules. what the eu is saying is that, really, amazon didn't do enough to get people's consent before using their personal data. now, amazon, for its part, has said that this actually has absolutely no merit and that it is taking a very different kind of interpretation of the law, and that's why amazon says that it's certainly going to contest this in court. samira hussain there. let's talk a bit more about this now. let's speak to sam schechner, tech reporter for europe for the wall streetjournal. thanks forjoining us. now this is a
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pretty dissuasive fine, almost $900 million, but was almost inevitable? you know, i am million, but was almost inevitable? you know, iam not million, but was almost inevitable? you know, i am not sure if it was inevitable. in fact, for three years, since the gdpr has been in effect, there have been growing calls for stricter enforcement by privacy advocates, who say that regulators like the one in luxembourg have not done enough. now what we are seeing is that these regulators are really turning up the heat. this fine, we will have to see if it is dissuasive, we talk about 4% of amazon's net income for a year, 20% of its revenue, but but it is definitely a step change in how this enforcement is going —— 0.2%. when it you put it that way, 0.2% of
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revenue, theyjust put it into context will sub still, though, can use plain to us what amazon is doing to attract if i like this was in order the complaints? interestingly, the decision — order the complaints? interestingly, the decision has _ order the complaints? interestingly, the decision has not _ order the complaints? interestingly, the decision has not been _ order the complaints? interestingly, | the decision has not been published. luxembourg is pretty tight—lipped about these things. we learned about the size of the find today from amazon's on financial filings and their own comments, saying that the case is without merit and they're going to appeal it. we know from amazon that the case involves how it is targeting audience or targeting consumers with what amazon calls targeted advertising, and back when the gdpr went into effect, there was a french net zero group that actually filed a complaint against them, alleging that he did not have legaljustification them, alleging that he did not have legal justification to them, alleging that he did not have legaljustification to use consumer cosmic data for this purpose, it
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either did not ask for consent or have either of the other justifications under the law, and that complete was transferred to luxembourg, and at this point, but we have seen is actually a few months ago, luxembourg proposed a fine of more than 350 million euros. under the law they have to more or less agree on decisions will step and the feedback came back that they had to raise the fine... find and the feedback came back that they had to raise the fine. . ._ had to raise the fine... and it has landed at a _ had to raise the fine... and it has landed at a pretty _ had to raise the fine... and it has landed at a pretty significant - landed at a pretty significant amount, but alsojust landed at a pretty significant amount, but also just looking at people might be watching this and worrying, i have alexa— is there a bit of a fine tension here, where collecting data from your consumers is a part of business? will amazon be pushing back with that argument? amazon has been saying that they think that this case misunderstands the eu law, but i think you get what
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is a very real tension that we are seeing notjust with amazon but with other countries that are facing privacy investigations —— companies. their use of personal data is pretty core to a lot of the business model and increasingly we are seeing that, possibly, it may not be in compliance with the eu laws. something is got to give it. either they or go to when their appeals in these cases or they're going to have to change their business practices. 0k, we will leave it there. sam schechner, tech reporterfor the wall streetjournal, take your time. —— thank you for your time. the israeli foreign minister yair lapid has called for a harsh response to an attack on an israeli—operated oil tanker in which two crew members were killed. he accused iran of being an "exporter of terrorism." the us state department has also expressed concern over the attack, which happened in the northern indian ocean, near 0man. us and european sources familiar
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with intelligence reporting have said that iran is the leading suspect, but it is too early to say for sure. the operating company called the incident a suspected piracy incident. with more, here's the bbc security correspondent frank gardner. well, this is quite a serious escalation, and certainly it doesn't look like piracy. an investigation was begun fairly soon afterwards. it took place late in the afternoon yesterday, about 150 nautical miles, that's about 250, roughly, kilometres, northeast of the 0mani port. and what israli television is saying, quoting an israeli official, was that it was attacked by an explosive drown. now, usually in piracy attacks, it's very unusual for anybody to be killed. piracy attacks are quite rare now because most of the ships either have escorts, or they have armed guards on board. so they are nothing like the level that they were at ten years ago. so the suspicion is that this is some kind of state
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backed to terrorism, and certainly the israeli media is pointing the finger at iran, and in the past, iran has denied any part in such attacks. the ship itself was carrying no cargo. it was on the way from the port in tanzania going to the port of the united arab emirates, and it has been escorted for the last leg of its journey by the us navy. there is no question that there is an undeclared shadow war taking place between iran and israel where they had been attacking each other�*s interest. in the case of israel, they had made no secret of the fact that they are trying to slow down iran's nuclear programme, and although they have never admitted it openly, they have certainly hinted that they have played a part in the sabotage attacks, for example, on some of the nuclear facilities. but offshore in the red sea, the arabian sea, the northern indian ocean, there have been a number of mysterious explosions on board ships. iran, for example, has a fairly
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stationary ship that's at the bottom of the red sea, that had some explosions on board, and there has been israeli ships under attack as well. so it's this undeclared shadow war, where the two countries have very carefully calibrating what they deal, not to cause too much pain but enough to keep the other one, make the other one uncomfortable. president biden has suggested using financial incentives to encourage more people to get vaccinated, as coronavirus infection rates surge across the united states. the trend is being fuelled by the delta variant — and unvaccinated americans. in baxter county, in the state of arkansas, only a third of the population has been fully vaccinated — and it's now one of the nation's coronavirus hotspots. angelica casas reports. hi. 39—year—old timothy could never have imagined being hit by covid—i9, and being hit this badly. he was another perfect example of doing fine,
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he was well enough at home — he got sick, but not sick enough — and then all of a sudden he came in and he was more short of breath than usual. i did not have the vaccine. it all came back to the struggles that i've had with my breathing. really, kind of, changed my perspective on this whole situation. i definitely feel strongly about having the vaccination and making sure my family's vaccinated. can you tell us what it's been like to walk these hallways in the last couple of months? it's been very hard and very scary because you see the same rooms that other patients have passed in that you've tried to save, and the rooms continue to fill up as fast as you can get patients home and out of here. back then, it wasn't preventable. now, it has become preventable. that makes it even harder this go around than it was last time. itjust never had to happen. it makes it extra hard. baxter county has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the us, and efforts are under way to reach those who are still undecided. we felt that it was really important
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to get the vaccine to help out the community because we've seen cases have been rising. i'm not so much worried about - myself, it's everybody around me. but not everyone is on board. arkansas governor asa hutchinson saw that firsthand this week, when he toured the state to encourage the jab. i would like to see our vaccination rate go up, but i know we have some people here that, some have just put it off, some people are resisting it. we should all stand in line for an unproven, untested vaccine that doesn't even seem to really protect people because people who've got the vaccine are getting sick! applause statement one, 98% of the people who are hospitalised have not been vaccinated. according to new studies, 81% of the unvaccinated population is convinced they won't get it. i'm not going to do it. i don't take any vaccines. i social distance.
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back at the hospital, timothy has one last message — to healthcare workers and his family. angelica casas, bbc news, arkansas. more than 1,300 people died of drug misuse in scotland last year, with the country seeing a record number of deaths for the seventh year in a row. it means scotland continues to have by far the highest drug death rate recorded by any country in europe. and its rate is more than three—and—a—half times that of the next worst countries, sweden and norway. lorna gordon reports. it would've been angela maclachlan's birthday this week. angela had one of the most contagious laughs, smiles, big blue eyes, and everybody loved her. but, like too many others
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in scotland, her life lost to drugs. do you miss her? every day. because you feel robbed. angela's sister, who is a local counsellor, works helping others deal with addiction in the town of irvine. she says over recent years, there has been no let up in the numbers dying. we have had wave after wave. it's like a tsunami coming to us. how much of it can we take? waves of deaths? waves of deaths. when you hear it every single day, you are consoling families every single day. that's not where i want to be. the scale of scotland's problem with drugs has been recognised for some time, but these latest figures are another grim milestone, showing the number of drug—related deaths here rising for the seventh year in a row. the first minister made a very
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honest acknowledgement that we have not done enough in the past that is either big enough or quick enough to tackle the scale of the challenge we face, but we are now determined going forward to invest more in life—saving services. and there are new initiatives, including this trial, where police in some areas, including here in glasgow, have started carrying naloxone, which rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. the early indications are very positive. 23 times we've used it, 21 times when using it we were able to help save someone's life. there's no doubt that that's very positive. the scale of scotland's drugs crisis is staggering. there were about 50 but there are only about ten of us left or something. the scottish government has committed a quarter of a billion pounds to addressing the emergency, but this recovering addict who is now a community worker says
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that money must trickle down. there's always noise, there's always, oh, there is money being invested, we are going to invest in policy, but policy doesn't do nothing. we need to invest in the community. we already know these people, we know the problems they have. in glasgow this afternoon, a vigil for those who lost their lives. their families and friends gathered around a provocative symbol they hope will focus minds on the crisis. they say they are no longerjust calling for change, but demanding it. lorna gordon, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: a shock defeat for the world's top tennis player — novak djokovic is knocked out in the olympic semifinals. cheering the us space agency nasa has ordered an investigation after confirmation
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today that astronauts were cleared to fly while drunk. the last foot patrol in south armagh — once an everyday part of the soldiers' lot, drudgery and danger — now no more after almost four decades. if one is on one's own, in a private house, not doing any harm to anyone, i don't really see why all these people should wander in and say, "you're doing something wrong." six rare white lion . cubs are on the prowl at leicestershire park, and already they've . been met with a roar- of approval from visitors. they're lovely, yeah, and sweet. yeah, they�* re cute. this is bbc news. our top story:
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amazon is fined almost $900 million — for breaking the eu's data protection laws. day 7 of the olympic games produced high drama. the track and field programme got under way with an ethiopian winner in the men's 10,000 metres. and there was success for the us, sweden, australia and canada in women's football. but crushing disappointment for novak djokovic in tennis. lucy hockings is in tokyo for us. welcome back to tokyo where, yes, on day seven, we have reached the midpoint of the games, but the sports are somewhat being overshadowed right now because what we are seeing here in tokyo and around japan is a real spike in covid cases, and this afternoon, we saw a news conference here in tokyo given by the prime minister. the prime minister said that the coronavirus rate is going up, it's unprecedented in speed, and it's been fuelled by the delta variant, like it is elsewhere. the prime minister also warning the medical system is at risk of strain, and telling people they should be
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at home, staying at home and watching the games from there. here he is speaking a little earlier. translation: kanagawa, osaka - we are going to issue a state - of emergency to those provinces, and hokkaido... for those prefectures, we are going to implement priority measures with the period from august 2 to august 31. this is the period for the measures. a state of emergency in tokyo and 0kinawa is also extended to august 31. this is the decision that was made. the prime minister there. let's get more from the very latest on the figures which are going up from mariko 0i. the latest numbers for tokyo came in at 3,300, which is slightly lower compared to yesterday, but still well above 3,000, which was
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unheard of until this week. in all ofjapan, it was another record high, topping 10,000 once again. we have just been hearing from the prime minister as well as dr 0mi, one of the country's top medical advisors, officially declaring the expansion and extension of the state of emergency here in tokyo and the surrounding prefectures as well. how effective that will be remains to be seen, because, of course, the japanese capital has been under a state of emergency for two weeks now, but we are still seeing that surge in covid—19 cases. we've been hearing from the ioc and other government officials, emphasising that this recent surge has nothing to do at the olympics, and some of them seem to imply that it's because of young people who are not listening to the government's request to stay—at—home, and they have also been encouraged to get vaccinated when there is not enough jabs around. i found it a little unfair, so i decided to go where a lot of young people hang out to find out what they thought of
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the government's comments. translation: i haven't even received a ticket to get vaccinated. _ my parents onlyjust got theirjabs. translation: | can sense | that we are getting too used to the state of emergency, so it's not stopping - people from going out. translation: she just- had her first shot yesterday, and i've made my appointment, so we are getting vaccinated when we can. translation: if the government really wants to stop _ the spread of the virus, . they have to lock us down and offer financial support, | because, without it, people would go out to go to work - because they need to earn money. now, japan's vaccine roll—out has been really slow and inefficient from the beginning. they've managed to pick it up, but now, they are facing the supply shortage. mariko 0i there. one at the big stories from the games in the last couple of hours is that the world number one tennis player, novak djokovic, has been knocked out in the main semi final by germany's alexander zverev. it dashes the serbian's dreams of winning his first singles gold
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medal and completing a golden slam. that is all four tennis majors and the olympic title. here is our tennis correspondent, russell fuller. it is a surprise, lucy, and i think zverev completely appreciated the magnitude of the moment. he knew that novak djokovic was trying to do what only one tennis player in history had done, and that was steffi graf, winning the golden slam in 1988 — and having won the first three grand slams of the year and having won his first four matches in tokyo, he was very much on track ahead of the us open, which starts at the end of august. but from the middle of the match, zverev started swinging, swinging for the hills, if you like, trying to be much more aggressive, and he won ten of the last 11 games of the match, as djokovic ran out of energy in the humidity. indeed. a few other sporting headlines for you, and we have had
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a shock win from ethiopia's selemon barega, winning the gold medal, the first of the olympic athletics programme. and he defeated the world champion and world record holder, joshua cheptegei of uganda, who had been the favourite. we have seen a really wonderful story today on the bmx track, where a former teaching assistant who partly crowd funded herjourney to the olympics became team gb�*s first female gold medal winner in the sport. beth shriver followed up team—mate kye whyte's stunning silver medal in the men's race, to become the first british medallist in the sport since it was made an olympic event back in 2008. south african tatjana schoenmaker won the women's 200 metre breaststroke in a world record time, and that delivered her nation's first gold medal of these games. in what is considered the biggest draw of the games, one of many, anyway, dina asher—smith failed to find her best form in the heat at the olympic stadium. we saw britain's athletics captain, there she is there, seeming to run within herself. she finished second to the american. that's all from us here in tokyo. back to you in london.
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hollywood star scarlettjohansson is suing disney for breach of contract, after it streamed her film black widow at the same time as its cinema release. the film set a post—pandemic box office record, grossing $218 million in its first weekend. but box office receipts then fell sharply and ms johansson anousha sakoui is a journalist at the la times and is following the story. during the pandemic, with all the cinemas closed, big media companies like disney, warner bros, they launched their own streaming services and they wanted to use their biggest films and funnel them into the homes instead of in theatres. that would help them in two ways, one, to get people to see the films when they might not be going to the theatre or cinemas and also to boost audience for their new streaming services. what scarlettjohansson is arguing is that her film, black widow,
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she lost income as a result of that strategy of making that film available in the home, when her compensation was largely driven by box office receipts, and so she is suing them. right, so how significant is this cae? this happened during an extraordinary time, a pandemic, but could set it a precedent for ordinary times? sure, because throughout this argument that has already happened, we have the complaint. wirstly, it is quite unusual to see such a big star go up against a big studio in a very public fashion like this and also disney in its response, who said the claim was meritless, they outed her salary, saying she already earned $20 million and that this was during a pandemic, that this should be maybe enough for her. so clearly scarlettjohansson does not agree, so she is fighting that legally, so it is quite unprecedented to see these numbers
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aired out so publicly and to have such a fight over a very valuable property for disney, which is the whole marvel cinematic universe. you are right, this is not something we see a lot of, and certainly not playing out in public. but with more and more emphasis on streaming going forward, do you think this sort of tussle is something we're going to see more of as well? there is already speculation when other actors will come out and try and get additional compensation, because many of the ways the deals are structured now to pay actors, they don't take very much upfront but they get a lot in what we call the back end, which is after the film is released, but because technology has spurred a change in the way we consume films and television, the way they would normally get that revenue has changed, but they are not necessarily getting that money, and so we are seeing a lot of legalfights.
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similarly profits of the walking dead, which also went to streaming in a different way, but is one of many fights where streaming is at the heart of it. i was speaking to anousha sakoui of the la times. thank you for being with us on bbc news. good evening. storm evert has brought disruptive winds through the day for the southern half of the united kingdom. some of the gustiest winds occurred through the morning across southwestern areas into the south of wales. some of the strongest winds further east into the afternoon, where even inland, we had 40—115 mph gusts of wind. it's notjust been a story about wind. we have also had some really torrential rain in central and eastern parts, northern england as well. and those storms, thunderstorms, will continue to rumble on into this evening. and the actual storm itself, storm evert, is moving out into the north sea, but you can see in its wake still quite a bit of rain.
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this is a weather front as well coming into eastern scotland, northeast england — temperatures 10—15. so, it's not a particularly cold night, as you can imagine, with all of the cloud still and that breeze. but there will be a subtle change in the wind direction this weekend. we are going to pick up this northerly wind. it's not a warm direction at any time of year. and with our weather fronts around, still giving some moisture into the atmosphere, we are expecting it to be a rather showery picture, particularly for england and wales, fewer showers for scotland and northern ireland. but even that said, some places will escape, and there will be some sunshine. but for eastern parts of both scotland and england, you can see through the morning, we've got that band of rain. 0ur weatherfronts breaking up into showers through the day and providing some moisture generally to the south of that with some heavy downpours. the winds are a bit lighter than they've been today, so we will see hail and thunder in those slow—moving downpours. fewer for scotland and northern ireland, but quite cool with cloudy skies in the north, given that northerly breeze. 19 or 20 in northern ireland
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and scotland with fewer showers. the night time period on saturday sees those showers tending to ease away a bit. temperatures dipping again. a little bit lower because of that northerly wind direction, but certainly not cold. but sunday, again, brings with it the risk of some rain, and our weather front still around just giving the chance of extra showers across northern england, into wales and the midlands. but perhaps the really torrential downpours at this stage we think will be more confined to southern areas on sunday. so there will be more areas escaping and staying dry, notably in the north, but cooler 15—16 celsius with that wind direction. into next week, it stays on the coolish side. still some showers around, but a relatively dry start to the week. the warning details are on the website.
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this is bbc world news, the headlines... internet giant amazon has been fined almost $900 million for breaking the eu's data protection laws. it's the the biggest fine everfor a breach of the privacy regulations. two crewmembers have been killed after an israeli—operated oil tanker was attacked by a suspected drone off the coast of oman. the israeli company said that one of the dead was british and the other romanian. japan's prime minister has warned that covid is spreading at "unprecedented speed" across the country and could increase the strain on hospitals — though he says the tokyo 0lympics are not to blame. a covid outbreak discovered in the chinese city of nanjing has spread to five provinces and beijing, with state media calling it the most extensive contagion since wuhan. almost 200 people have been infected.
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