Recalling the horror of Long Tan: ‘I was too bloody busy to be frightened’

The defining battle of the Vietnam war is now the subject of the film Danger Close. Harry Smith recalls the afternoon that changed his life If he dwells on it, Lt Col Harry Smith can still see, vividly, the blood on the trees on the enemys escape path. There was so much blood. In the days after the three savage hours that was the battle of Long Tan, his soldiers were finding body parts, carnage and corpses spread across the battlefield. But it was that blood, the blood of all the others that were dragged away, wounded, suffering, that affects him the most. That worries me more than a dead body. In the eerie silence, in the pervasive gloom, among …

1MDB: Wolf of Wall Street producer charged with embezzling millions

Riza Aziz, stepson of former Malaysian PM Najib Razak, accused of receiving $248m into Swiss bank accounts The Wolf of Wall Street producer Riza Aziz, who is the stepson of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, has been charged with embezzling millions of dollars from the Malaysian government. Riza, who ran a Hollywood production company 1MDB, which was controlled by Najib. Each charge carries a five-year jail sentence. Riza is now the third member of the former first family of Malaysia to face multiple charges linked to misappropriated 1MDB funds. Najib, who was toppled from power in May 2018, is facing 42 corruption charges and his first trial of at least three is ongoing. Najibs wife and Rizas mother, Rosmah …

Schoolgirls for sale: why Tokyo struggles to stop the ‘JK business’

The persistent practice of paying underage girls for sex-related services, known in Japan as the JK business, has seen charities step in where police have come up short On a humid Wednesday night the streets of Kabukicho, Tokyos most famous red light district, hum with people. Some are tourists, here to gawp and take selfies, but others are customers. Adverts for clubs flash and sing and girls dressed as maids hold signs offering deals for local bars. In a grubby shopfront a perky cartoon featuring a cute Mr Men-style creature offers part-time work. The ad, which has an alarmingly catchy jingle, doesnt specify what the work is, but it doesnt need to: the answer is all around us on the …

Western powers using Christianity to ‘subvert’ China, says religious official

Head of state-sanctioned Protestant churches in China says anti-China forces in the west are trying to interfere with social stability The head of Chinas state-sanctioned Protestant church has claimed that western forces are trying to use Christianity to influence society and subvert the government, saying that Chinese Christians needed to follow a Chinese model of the religion. Chinas constitution guarantees religious freedom, but since President Xi Jinping took office six years ago, the government has tightened restrictions on religions seen as a challenge to the authority of the ruling Communist party. The government has deradicalisation programme in its restive far western region of Xinjiang has also caused widespread opprobrium in western capitals and amongst rights groups, who say authorities have …