Latest Boycotts News

China attacks potential US diplomatic boycott of Olympics

Dec. 06, 2021 05:52 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday threatened to take “firm countermeasures” if the U.S. proceeds with a diplomatic boycott of February’s Beijing Winter Olympic Games. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian accused U.S. politicians of grandstanding over the issue...

Justin Bieber performs at Saudi F1 race after boycott calls

Dec. 06, 2021 03:33 AM EST

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Pop star Justin Bieber performed to a packed crowd in the Red Sea city of Jiddah in Saudi Arabia, singing some of his most popular hits. The Sunday night concert took place even as human rights campaigners and activists called on Bieber to cancel his performance...

Lebanese businesses pay steep price for standoff with Saudis

Dec. 02, 2021 01:11 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese DJ was days away from moving to Riyadh to play for a month in one of the newest entertainment centers in Saudi Arabia's capital when a brief, polite Whatsapp message informed her that the contract won’t go through. The head of a Beirut-based...

Black Eyed Peas frontman defies Israel boycott calls

Nov. 29, 2021 14:35 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am said Monday that politics don’t dictate his actions, with pressure from pro-Palestinian activists unable to deter him from performing in Israel and maintaining ties to the country's high-tech scene. A Palestinian-led...

Doubts over China tennis star's email raise safety concerns

Nov. 18, 2021 19:27 PM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese professional tennis player not seen in public since she accused a former top government official of sexual assault purportedly sent an email claiming she was safe and that the allegation was false, a message that only amplified concerns about her safety and...

Biden: US may not send top dignitaries to Beijing Olympics

Nov. 18, 2021 14:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that the United States was weighing a diplomatic boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing over China's human rights abuses, a move that would keep American dignitaries, but not athletes, from the games. ...

In Israel, Miss Universe says pageant no place for politics

Nov. 17, 2021 12:01 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The reigning Miss Universe said Wednesday the long-running beauty pageant shouldn't be politicized, even though its next edition is being held in Israel amid pressure on contestants to drop out in solidarity with the Palestinians. The 70th Miss Universe...

7 killed as Bangladesh votes for rural councils amid boycott

Nov. 11, 2021 13:52 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least seven people were killed in Bangladesh election violence as voters selected village council representatives Thursday in elections expected to further consolidate the governing party's power amid concerns about the state of the country's democracy. ...

India hosts talks on Afghanistan boycotted by rival Pakistan

Nov. 10, 2021 05:05 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Wednesday hosted senior security officials from Russia, Iran and five Central Asian countries to discuss the ramifications of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in talks that were boycotted by rival Pakistan and its ally China. A joint...

Bangladesh ruling party set to win vote boycotted by rivals

Nov. 08, 2021 10:47 AM EST

SREENAGAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's ruling party is set to win a series of local elections to choose representatives at the village level amid a boycott by the country’s largest opposition party, after widespread allegations of misconduct in the last national vote. ...