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5 die in UK listeria outbreak linked to hospital food

Jun. 15, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government has ordered a review of hospital food after five patients died in a listeria outbreak linked to sandwiches and salads. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Saturday he wants "a radical new approach" to the food served in hospitals. Officials have linked the outbreak to...

The Latest: Arab League chief tells Iranians to 'be careful'

Jun. 15, 2019 3:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The head of the Arab League is calling on the Iranians to "be careful and reverse course." Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit noted after meeting with U.N....

UK leader race down to 6 contenders, Boris Johnson in front

Jun. 14, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — One of seven contenders to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May quit the Conservative Party leadership race on Friday, as front-runner Boris Johnson was accused by rivals of trying to dodge media scrutiny. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that after the first round of voting it was...

Tankers struck near Strait of Hormuz; US blames Iran

Jun. 13, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. blamed Iran for suspected attacks on two oil tankers Thursday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, denouncing what it called a campaign of "escalating tensions" in a region crucial to global energy supplies. The U.S. Navy rushed to assist the stricken vessels in...

The Latest: Iran urges regional dialogue to ease tensions

Jun. 13, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Iran's U.N. Mission is calling for an urgent dialogue among all countries in the Persian Gulf region to ease tensions following attacks on two oil tankers near...

Boris Johnson takes strong lead in race for next UK leader

Jun. 13, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The flamboyant, divisive Boris Johnson took a commanding lead Thursday in the contest to become Britain's next prime minister, winning by far the largest share of support in the first round of voting by Conservative Party lawmakers. Johnson, a former foreign secretary and leading Brexit...

How the Tories choose a new leader - and UK prime minister

Jun. 13, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Conservative Party is holding a contest to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, who stepped down from the party helm last week after failing to deliver Brexit. Ten candidates wanted to follow May as party leader and into the prime minister's office. A series of knockout votes will...

Who are the UK Tories in the race to be prime minister?

Jun. 13, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — And then there were seven. The contest to be Britain's next prime minister lost three of its 10 declared candidates Thursday, as Boris Johnson took a commanding lead in first-round voting by Conservative Party legislators. The winner will replace Prime Minister Theresa May, who resigned as...

The Latest: Boris Johnson leads UK Conservative leader race

Jun. 13, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the race among British Conservatives to replace Prime Minister Theresa May (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Boris Johnson has secured the most support in the first round of votes in Britain's Conservative Party leadership race, while three other candidates have been eliminated....

Boris Johnson leads UK Conservative leader contest after 1st round vote; 3 of 10 prime minister hopefuls eliminated.

Jun. 13, 2019 8:08 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson leads UK Conservative leader contest after 1st round vote; 3 of 10 prime minister hopefuls eliminated.