But Johnson 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.
Meanwhile Tory peer and president of the Conservative Muslim Forum, Lord Sheikh, said on Wednesday that Johnson should be kicked out of the party altogether.
Sky customers were, oddly, more split on the question of whether Johnson should say sorry for his comments, but a plurality were of the view that no apology was due - 48 percent to 45 percent.
Speaking in East Lothian, she said: "I think that this wasn't an off-the-cuff slip".
A former chairman of the Conservative Party has backed growing calls for Boris Johnson to apologise for his "unacceptable" remarks about women in burkas.
Virat Kohli questions mentality of Indian top order Arjun, who is part of the Indian U-19 squad bowled to Kohli as the Indian captain looked to combat the left-arm angle. Arjun Tendulkar was spotted bowling to the Indian captain in the nets ahead of the crucial Lord's Test.
"I do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use".
But the former top diplomat, who has a reputation for causing controversy and quit May's cabinet last month in protest at her Brexit plan, refused to back down.
There is speculation that May will face a leadership challenge if faltering Brexit negotiations don't improve - and Johnson is likely to be a contender to replace her. Some suspected Johnson's burqa comments were meant to boost his appeal among right-wing members of the party.
The retrogressive Islamic clergy has succeeded in persuading ill-informed Muslims through suspect secondary sources that God wants women to cover their faces, when in reality it is... "Boris knew the effect and the impact that this kind of dog-whistle politics would have". "I will defend the basic principle which is the right to choose", added the Janaan actor.
Several European countries, including France, Belgium and Denmark, have banned face-covering veils in public, but none of Britain's main political parties supports such a restriction.
Challenging conditions, including more than 120 powerful aftershocks, meant numerous hikers were unlikely to reach the bottom... On the Indonesian island of Lombok with mount Rinjani managed to evacuate 540 climbers, who were trapped after a strong quake .
A number of Palestinians "infiltrated" Israel and threw firebombs and "an explosive device" before returning to Gaza, it said. He writes: "We are continuing intensive work to build land and sea obstacles around Gaza".
It's unclear what the multiple Diablo projects could be, but the one that's going to take longer to develop might be Diablo IV. Trust me when I say the team here is now crossing all crossable appendages regarding that potential tidbit of news.
Meanwhile, Israeli firefighters battled two fires caused by gas balloons that exploded when the homes were hit by rocket fire. Israeli media reported several residents of Sderot and other border towns were wounded by rocket fire.
The feature allows Alexa to notify you when she finally has the answer to a question that she couldn't answer at first blush. I was able to opt in to the feature with an Amazon Echo Spot here at the office by asking Alexa to "turn on Answer Update".
Ellis, known for his courtroom humor and occasional scolding of lawyers, has set strict boundaries on Manafort's trial. Gates replied that "I made many mistakes over many years" before stepping down from the witness stand.
The whales were too far away too late in the day to attempt a health assessment Wednesday afternoon, Milstein said. Northwest waters attracted global attention as the grieving animal tried to keep her dead baby afloat.
The 29-year-old American continues to come close to breaking his major duck, a solo second at the Masters his latest near-miss. Skinny: Stanley has emerged from the abyss to challenge for an automatic spot or even a pick.
A Twitter spokesperson told CNN that neither InfoWars nor any of its associated accounts are now in violation of Twitter rules. Early on Monday, Apple removed five of the six podcasts from Infowars , Alex Jones's site, from its popular podcast directory.
It looks like the whole Coven family is coming back for American Horror Story: Apocalypse , including a very special guest star. According to executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall , "The story begins with the end of the world ".
The smartphone sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and pixel density of 403ppi. In India, the Mi A2 will be available in 4GB and 6GB RAM variants with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage respectively.
Blues Set to Break World Record for Courtois Replacement
As a effect , Kepa was rewarded with a new £60,000-a-week contract at Athletic but saw his buyout clause rise to £72m. Kepa nearly joined Madrid himself in January only for the deal to fall through with his price at just £17.5m.
Breast-feeding tips for new moms
One of the steps to successful exclusive breastfeeding includes allowing mothers and infants remain together 24 hours a day. It has purgative properties that help to clear the meconium (the greenish stool passed by babies).
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 May Use GUNN's Script
Gunn is still technically on contract with Disney and won't be free to look elsewhere until exit negotiators are finished. Warner Bros. and DC especially are reportedly interested in recruiting Gunn if he were to part ways with Disney.
USA Basketball, NBA 'blindsided' by new NCAA agent rule
All player-agent relationships, however, must be in writing, disclosed to the NCAA and ended when the player comes back to school. On the other hand, those players will be allowed to take more official visits to campuses, which the schools will pay for.
Zverev Beats De Minaur to Repeat at ATP Washington
At 21, Zverev was the oldest player in the semi-finals along with the 19-year-old Tsitsipas and de Minaur and 20-year-old Rublev. Zverev's serve was unbreable while he generated 11 break point chances on the de Minaur serve and converted three of them.
Elliott earns first career NASCAR Cup Series win
Kyle Busch , who started second, began the race intent on driving past Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin , the pole sitter. Busch pitted the next time around to stay on the same strategy, but Truex stayed out to win his seventh stage of the season.
NYC becomes first U.S. city to impose Uber/Lyft cap
But opponents say the regulations could result in longer wait times and higher prices for ride-hail services. The Council also voted to set a minimum driver wage equivalent to the yellow cab wage for app-based drivers.