Sponsor of N Carolina anti-LGBT bill to run for US House
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The sponsor of a North Carolina law limiting LGBT rights that led businesses, entertainers and others to boycott the state is running for Congress.
LONDON (AP) — Persian Gulf countries would have to lift boycotts of Qatar before being eligible to join hosting of the World Cup, FIFA determined in a feasibility study recommending its ruling...
NEW YORK (AP) — For Congress, the allegations of anti-Semitism directed toward Rep. Ilhan Omar have no precedent. Yet on college campuses, in state legislatures and in many other venues...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian soccer federation says it has suspended league matches following the referee association's decision to boycott because of violence against one of their...
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian leadership is urging the international community to boycott the newly created U.S. Embassy unit that will handle relations with Palestinians.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Soccer referees in Albania plan to boycott league matches until they're satisfied they can do their jobs safely.
The referees' association issued a statement Thursday...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to sign a bill that will ban the state from investing in companies that boycott Israel.
LONDON (AP) — Members of a Pacific Island players' support group in Europe are considering boycotting the Rugby World Cup in response to plans for a new world league that excludes Fiji, Samoa, and...
Nevada governor seeks Trump meeting on plutonium, nuke dump
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's governor is asking for a face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump to protest federal shipments of weapons-grade plutonium to the state and argue against...
5 dead in Kashmir, shops stage boycott of crackdown by India
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Three rebels, a counterinsurgency police officer and an army soldier were killed Sunday during a gunbattle in Kashmir, officials said, as shops and businesses shut down to...
India top court orders an end to assaults against Kashmiris
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court on Friday ordered state authorities to stop threats, assaults and social boycotts of thousands of Kashmiri students, traders and professionals in an apparent...
Nestle, AT&T pull YouTube ads over pedophile concerns
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Several companies, including AT&T and Nestle, are pulling advertisements from YouTube over concerns about inappropriate comments on videos of children.
Newspaper appeals decision to let Israeli boycott law stand
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas newspaper is asking a federal appeals court to revive its lawsuit challenging the state's requirement that government contractors pledge to not boycott...
Daughter of ex-Mao secretary boycotts Communist-led memorial
BEIJING (AP) — The daughter of a Chinese Communist Party veteran boycotted his funeral Wednesday, calling it an improper tribute to a man who once worked for Mao Zedong but later became a fierce...
Oregon House Republicans boycott meeting on capitol culture
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon House Republicans snubbed a meeting Wednesday meant to promote an inclusive and respectful workplace environment within the state capitol.
EU, US call on Albania opposition to avoid violence in rally
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union and the United States have warned Albania's opposition against violence and its lawmakers not to boycott parliament over the government's alleged...
Palestinians ask Arabs to boycott Mideast summit in Poland
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians on Monday called on Arab nations to boycott or downgrade their representation at a Mideast summit co-hosted by the United States, as President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Saudi Arabia discuss "the dangers facing the Palestinian cause."
- The Washington TimesLiberal activist group demands Democrats boycott AIPAC gatheringMarch 22, 2019
- The Washington TimesPitzer College becomes first to vote to end study-abroad program in IsraelMarch 15, 2019
- The Washington TimesDonald Trump threatens to boycott presidential debates after DNC excludes Fox NewsMarch 7, 2019
- Columbus TelegramStore that boycotted Nike after Colin Kaepernick ad is closingFebruary 15, 2019
Dapper Dan seeks accountability amid calls for Gucci boycott
NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion collaborator Daniel "Dapper Dan" Day is seeking accountability as other celebrities call for boycotts of Gucci after the fashion house apologized for producing a sweater that was compared to blackface.
The Harlem-based designer posted on Instagram Sunday "there is no excuse or apology that can erase this kind of insult."
Day claims the CEO of Gucci has agreed to meet with him and members of the community in Harlem.
Lebanon to boycott Warsaw conference seen as hostile to Iran
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon said Monday it will not take part in a Middle East conference in Poland this week that is widely seen as an effort to isolate Iran.
Director Spike Lee boycotts Gucci, Prada for blackface items
MILAN (AP) — Director Spike Lee said Friday he will no longer wear Gucci or Prada until the brands hire some black designers following a pair of blackface fashion fails from the major Italian fashion houses.
Lee said on Instagram that "It's Obvious To Da Peoples That They Don't Have A Clue When It Comes To Racist, Blackface Hateful Imagery. WAKE UP."
Spike said the brands needed to have black designers "To Be In Da Room When It Happen."
Senegal’s former president calls for election boycott
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's former President Abdoulaye Wade has called for a boycott of the West African nation's Feb. 24 elections, accusing the current president of locking down the vote.
Wade returned to Dakar Thursday as hundreds greeted him at the airport, cheering and wearing T-shirts bearing his son's image.
Karim Wade was eliminated as an opponent to incumbent Macky Sall. The younger Wade has been in Qatar since his release from prison in 2016 after serving three years for corruption.
Mississippi House approves bill targeting Israel boycotts
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lawmakers want Mississippi to join some other states in refusing to do business with companies boycotting Israel.
The Mississippi House on Thursday voted 88-10 for House Bill 761 , which calls for the state to develop a list of boycotting companies. The measure goes to the Senate for more debate.
Mississippi bill would ping companies that boycott Israel
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers could ban the state from investing in companies that boycott Israel.
The state House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday passed House Bill 761 , which would set the ban. The bill moves to the House for more work.
House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden, a Republican from Meridian, says about two dozen other states have already enacted similar laws.
Video: New Orleans police investigate Saints-Rams ‘no-call’
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A "Boycott Bowl" festival and a jazz funeral procession putting the football season to rest encapsulate how New Orleans residents feel about the Super Bowl, and even the city's police department got in on the disenchantment.
New Orleans holds Super Bowl ‘boycott parties’
Israel releases report on links between BDS and militants
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government released a report Sunday claiming to reveal close links between the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel and militant groups.
Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry, which leads the country's efforts against the boycott movement, said it uncovered extensive connections between pro-boycott groups and activists affiliated with Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Game? What game? Saints fans plan Super Bowl boycotts
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From the "Boycott Bowl" to the "Dunk the Referee" tank, people in New Orleans are finding creative ways to spend Sunday doing anything but watching the Super Bowl.
Gladys Knight on why she’ll sing the anthem at Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — Gladys Knight says her singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl will bring people together.
NBC's "Today" show reported Friday that Knight wrestled with whether to join a boycott over the NFL's treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.
UAE tries to thwart Qatar Asian Cup final debut with protest
After being denied a spot in Friday's Asian Cup final by Qatar, the host United Arab Emirates has launched a late challenge to get its regional rival disqualified by alleging it fielded ineligible players at the tournament in a protest that carries political undertones.
The complaint adds another layer to Qatar's politically-charged progress to the final of the continental soccer showpiece in the UAE, which is part of a quartet of countries boycotting Doha diplomatically and politically.
Mariah Carey shakes off boycott calls for her Saudi concert
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mariah Carey, one of the world's most celebrated artists, is performing in Saudi Arabia on Thursday for the first time, but there's a growing chorus of Saudi women calling on her to cancel the concert to show support for detained women's rights activists.
Shooting parents call for furniture company boycott
TAMARAC, Fla. (AP) — The parents of some victims of the Florida high school massacre protested Monday outside a furniture company whose CEO's support, they say, has helped prevent the firing of the local school superintendent.
With voodoo dolls, cookies Saints fans protest missed call
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans bakery is turning out thousands of cookies with a picture of a referee with a circle and slash mark across it in red icing.
The owner of a locksmith shop has hung posters and signs taking aim at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and some residents have hung posters of a referee wearing a blindfold.
Canada auto workers seek boycott of GM vehicles from Mexico
DETROIT (AP) — The Canadian auto workers union is asking people in Canada and the U.S. to boycott General Motors vehicles made in Mexico.
The Unifor union is asking people not to buy trucks or SUVs with vehicle identification numbers that start with the number three, which signify that they are made in Mexico.
Unifor says it will publicize the boycott with television, newspaper and billboard advertising in both countries.
Saints fans plan to boycott Super Bowl
Israel warns Ireland over bill boycotting settlement goods
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has warned Ireland over passing a bill to ban imports of West Bank settlement products, saying the legislation, if adopted, would have "severe ramifications" on mutual relations.
Israel's Foreign Ministry said Friday it summoned Irish Ambassador Alison Kelly to the ministry's headquarters in Jerusalem and made Israel's stance on the matter clear to her.
Judge lets Arkansas law against Israeli boycotts stand
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday let stand an Arkansas law requiring state contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel, ruling that such a boycott is not protected by the First Amendment.
Israel calls on EU to stop funding groups backing BDS
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has accused the European Union of financing organizations that promote boycotts of Israel.
Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs said in a report Wednesday that certain non-governmental groups that support the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel receive EU funding.
Pompeo: Qatar diplomatic crisis ‘has dragged on too long’
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday an ongoing boycott of Qatar by four of America's allies in the Middle East "has dragged on too long," though he gave no sign of any coming breakthrough in the dispute.
Stopping off in the small, energy-rich nation as part of a Mideast tour, America's top diplomat made a repeated point to say that "great things" were happening between Qatar and the United States.
Muslim group sues to block ‘No Boycott of Israel’ measure
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland's ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel tramples on the First Amendment rights of a software engineer who advocates for Palestinians, a Muslim civil rights group claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations' federal lawsuit seeks to block the state from enforcing an executive order that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed in October 2017.
Protesters call to prosecute, boycott of R. Kelly
Dems block Senate bill on Israel boycotts, citing shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans' first bill of the new Congress was intended to insert the legislative branch into President Donald Trump's Middle East policy — but also to drive a wedge between centrist and liberal Democrats over attitudes toward Israel.
Judge holds hearing over Arkansas no-boycott pledge law
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Attorneys for an Arkansas newspaper asked a federal judge Friday to block a law requiring that contractors pledge not to boycott Israel, saying it forces businesses to give up their free speech rights in order to receive state money.
Brazil’s leftist parties to boycott Bolsonaro’s inauguration
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's largest left-leaning opposition parties said Friday they will boycott the inauguration of far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Jan. 1.
The Workers' Party, which governed between 2003 and 2016, and the Socialism and Liberty Party said their lawmakers and executives will not attend the ceremony in the capital city of Brasilia.
Albania’s government fulfills demands of boycotting students
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's government says it has fulfilled the demands of public university students, who boycotted classes for more than two weeks this month.
A statement Wednesday said the Cabinet held an extraordinary meeting and decided to meet all the students' requests.
Students had boycotted lessons for more than two weeks, pledging to resume protests in January.
Ken Foreman, Seattle Pacific coaching great, dead at 96
SEATTLE (AP) — Ken Foreman, the longtime Seattle Pacific track coach who was the head women's coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team that boycotted the Moscow Games, died Sunday. He was 96.
During his five decades at Seattle Pacific, Foreman also coached cross country and basketball, was athletic director and led the effort to build Royal Brougham Pavilion.
US fundraising site suspends Palestinian boycott account
JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. software company said Friday it blocked the fundraising account of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel following a complaint by a pro-Israel group that the campaign has links to militant organizations.
Donorbox, which makes fundraising management software, confirmed that the BDS campaign's account was temporarily blocked while it investigates the allegations.
The BDS movement called the Israeli move "McCarthyite."
Albania opposition ends boycott, eggs prime minister
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's opposition center-right Democratic Party has returned to parliament for the first time since July — and almost immediately one of its lawmakers threw an egg at the prime minister.
Opposition lawmaker Endri Hasa on Thursday was seen throwing the egg at Edi Rama's belly while he was speaking. The leadership expelled Hasa for 10 days.
The opposition has been boycotting parliament since the summer break.
Texas AG, universities face suit over Israel boycott law
DALLAS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas on Tuesday filed a lawsuit over a state law requiring contractors to certify that they do not boycott Israel or Israel-controlled territories, arguing the law forces people to choose between their First Amendment rights and their livelihoods.