Conservative party to probe Johnson for burqa remarks, mulls action Aug 10, 2018 0 324 12345 REUTERSLONDONFORMER British foreign minister Boris Johnson will be investigated for a possible breach of the Conservative Party's code of conduct after making comments about Muslim women who wear burqas, a party source said on Thursday.The source said a number of complaints had been received and would be considered by an independent panel.A spokesman for the party declined to confirm the investigation."The code of conduct process is strictly confidential," he said in a statement.Johnson wrote in The Daily Telegraph this week that Denmark was wrong to ban the burqa, a head-to-toe cloak which conceals the face with a mesh or is worn in conjunction with the niqab - a face veil that leaves only the eyes exposed.But Johnson, who resigned last month over the government's Brexit plans, also said the robe was oppressive, ridiculous and made women look like letter boxes and bank robbers, prompting an outcry from other politicians and British Muslim groups.The Conservative party's website says suspension of membership or expulsion from the party are among the ultimate options open to its board on conclusion of a code of conduct investigation. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Trump sets goal to create US military Space Force by 2020 Aug 10, 2018 0 522 Firefighters make progress in quelling California wildfire Aug 10, 2018 0 239 Assange considers offer to appear before US Senate committee Aug 10, 2018 0 271 US says Russia sanctions to target security-related goods REUTERS LONDON US sanctions on Russia will target exports of national security-related goods including sectors such as specialised oil and gas technology and some electronics and sensors, a senior US State Department .. Respite as Portugal blaze dies down Monchique Wildfires which have blazed along a smouldering stretch of Portugal's Algarve for a week died down on Thursday, but fears remained that winds could reignite the flames."It's calmer and we do not have .. Colombia blames kidnap of soldiers on ELN guerrillas Bogota Three off-duty soldiers were kidnapped by suspected ELN guerrillas on Colombia's northeastern border with Venezuela, authorities said on Thursday. The news comes a week after Marxist ELN rebels offered to .. Greek PM vows to revamp national disaster unit Athens Embattled Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday vowed to create a new national disaster unit as the death toll from last month's deadliest-ever wildfires rose to 93."What's important today is .. Nine dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey Istanbul At least nine migrants including seven children died early Thursday after their boat sank off the western coast of Turkey, local media reported. Four people were rescued by the Turkish coast guard after the boat .. Migrant rescue ship docks in Spain after Italy refusal Algeciras, Spain Close to two months after giving a high-profile welcome to the stranded Aquarius migrant rescue boat, Spain once again opened its ports Thursday to a charity vessel carrying 87 men and boys saved off .. US appeals court orders EPA to ban pesticide washington A divided federal appeals court on Thursday ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency to ban a pesticide that critics say can harm children and farmers. The 2-1 decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of .. Judge backs off comments to prosecutors in Manafort's trial REUTERS WASHINGTON THE judge in the trial of US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort expressed contrition on Thursday to jurors for harsh commentary directed at prosecutors. "I may have ..