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Disgraced ex-Tokyo Olympics chief Mori still doubling down on sexist remarks

Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori has expressed displeasure over the backlash at home and abroad against his remarks about women, comments that led him to resign from his post as Tokyo Olympics chief last year. “I simply said that women talk a lot. I get scolded for telling the truth,” Mori said at a Tuesday at an event in Tokyo with lawmakers from the ruling party, referring to his comments that included a view about women’s tendency to “talk too much.” Unable to view this article? This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites. If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page. We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

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Britons captured in Ukraine and facing a possible death penalty appear in Russian separatist court

Two British men captured by Russian forces and accused of being mercenaries have appeared in court on charges that carry a possible death penalty.Aiden Aslin, from Newark in Nottinghamshire, was seen in a Telegram video alongside Shaun Pinner, from Bedfordshire, and Saaudun Brahim from Morocco. They are being held in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, a breakaway region in Ukraine's east.The men say they were serving with regular military units in Mariupol, so should be protected as prisoners of war by the Geneva Convention.A third Briton, Andrew Hill, also faces charges after being captured in the Mykolaiv area. His affiliation is unclear. Advertisement The president of the Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, has accused the men of "monstrous" crimes, such as trying to seize power and crimes against groups of people. He said their trial would open at the region's supreme court. More on Ukraine Related Topics: Mr Aslin's family said on Tuesday that it was a "very sensitive and emotional time" and that they were working with the Ukrainian government and UK Foreign Office to try to free the 28-year-old."Aiden is a much-loved man and very much missed, and we hope that he will be released very soon," they said in a statement.The former care home worker joined Ukraine's armed forces as a marine in 2018 and has applied for citizenship, and has a Ukrainian fiancee.Mr Pinner was filmed in April saying that he had been captured while defending Mariupol, his adopted city.His family stressed at the time that he was "not a volunteer nor a mercenary, but officially serving with the Ukrainian army".The 48-year-old told Sky News a few months before that he was on his fourth tour of duty in Ukraine after serving in the British Army for nine years.He has lived in the country since 2018 and has a Ukrainian wife.Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said on Monday that the British government expected "the laws of armed conflict to be represented" and the Foreign Office would make "all the representations".Russia's current focus in the war is to capture the eastern Donbas region, made up of Luhansk and Donetsk.Separatists unilaterally set up two breakaway republics there in 2014, but they aren't recognised by Ukraine.Read more:Russian blockade of ports could turn food crisis into catastropheThe war victims given the chance to escape - but who choose to stay putTeenager returns to ruined school in prom dress she never got to wear

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Plans to shake up Northern Ireland Protocol could be threatened by Tory rebels, ministers fear

Plans to roll back the Northern Ireland Protocol could be threatened by Tory rebels, ministers are claiming, amid a fresh row over whether the plan will breach international law.Boris Johnson is meeting ministers tonight to thrash out key parts of the legislation due to be published next week giving the government powers to scrap sections of the Brexit deal involving Northern Ireland. This is expected to trigger a massive fight with the European Union.Politics Hub: PM jokes about things being 'quieter' in WestminsterThis comes as Sky News is told that the First Treasury Counsel, the government's independent barrister on nationally important legal issues, has not been consulted on the question of whether the plans to overhaul the Northern Ireland Protocol will break international law. Advertisement Sir James Eadie was not asked to give his opinion on this key point of the plans. He is nevertheless understood to have indicated he believes it will be very hard for the UK to argue it is not breaching international law if it goes ahead with some of the moves under consideration. More from Politics Sky News has been told it is extremely rare to not consult the First Treasury Counsel on such matters.The PM and ministers are due to decide tonight whether to pass legislation which could effectively end the existing role of the European Court of Justice in Northern Ireland.Sky News has been told the preferred option is that UK courts should have supremacy in matters in Northern Ireland which are currently the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 1:23 'Good Friday Agreement is first priority' The ECJ would be able to advise the UK courts on matters of European law.However, tonight one government source told Sky News that there are now fears there could be a significant Tory rebellion against the legislation to change the protocol amongst the 148 who voted no confidence in Mr Johnson.They said that rebels might suddenly become "purists" and object, causing problems for the passage of legislation."This is a worry," said one source.However, Tory rebels against the PM insist that presenting them as opponents of Brexit is wrong and the government attempts to present the rebellion as a threat to Brexit is a deliberate mischaracterisation to undermine their efforts in the party.Ministers already believe they might have to use the Parliament Act to get the legislation through if the Lords throws out the bill.This approach would be likely to be regarded as a significant rupture with the EU over the deal which Mr Johnson negotiated in 2019 and could ultimately result in the EU reimposing tariffs.

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