In brief: War criminal demands Japanese apology

Japanese war criminal Hiroshi Abe has admitted his country maltreated British prisoners during World War II and has called on his government to issue a formal apology. Abe, an engineer in charge of working parties on the Burma-Siam railway, apologised in a statement read in London's Imperial War Museum. The comments come amid a court case over a £0.5 billion compensation claim masterminded by Leigh Day & Co joint senior partner Martyn Day on behalf of 25,000 Allied prisoners of war.