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Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during the launch of the upcoming UK-hosted COP26 UN Climate Summit in London, Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020, that will take place in autumn 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Chris J Ratcliffe/Pool via AP)

Renzi challenge threatens stability of Italian government

Feb. 14, 2020 5:47 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s government is facing a challenge from within after former Premier Matteo Renzi instructed lawmakers from his small party to vote against a judicial reform and told ministers to boycott a Cabinet meeting. Renzi’s actions threatened to plunge into crisis the five-month-old...

Threats of boycotts and possible acts of vandalism against the Brick Oven Bakery in downtown Bismarck have prompted local artist Shane Balkowitsch to scrap plans to put a 7-foot-tall mural of Swedish teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg on the side of the building. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Artist scraps plans for Thunberg mural after boycott threats

Feb. 12, 2020 6:06 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota artist said Wednesday he has scrapped his plans for a mural honoring Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg following boycott threats against a Bismarck business that would have featured the outdoor image. Shane Balkowitsch had planned to put a 7-foot-tall (2.1-meter...

Filmmaker who wouldn't sign Georgia's Israel oath sues state

Feb. 12, 2020 3:39 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A documentary filmmaker who refused to sign Georgia's required oath involving Israel is suing the state, saying the law is in violation of free speech rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. A Georgia law passed in 2016 requires some people to sign an oath pledging not to boycott Israel...

FILE - This Dec. 14, 1970, file photo shows civil rights leader Bayard Rustin at the New York Hilton. California's governor announced Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, that he is posthumously pardoning Rustin, a gay civil rights leader, while creating a new pardon process for others convicted under outdated laws punishing homosexual activity. Rustin was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a key organizer of the March on Washington in 1963, and helped plan other nonviolent protests and boycotts to end racial discrimination. He served 50 days in Los Angeles County jail and had to register as a sex offender before returning to his home state of New York. He died in 1987. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)

California pardons gay civil rights leader in new initiative

Feb. 5, 2020 4:44 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A civil rights leader who was gay and a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was posthumously pardoned by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who also announced Wednesday what may be the nation's first process for forgiving those convicted under outdated laws punishing homosexual...

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

The Latest: Michigan Gov. Whitmer delivers response to Trump

Feb. 4, 2020 11:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the president's State of the Union speech (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used Democrats' response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to swivel from impeachment to working-class voters' worries, saying her party is...

Rep. Ayanna Pressley boycotting Trump's State of the Union

Feb. 4, 2020 5:05 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley is planning to boycott President Donald Trump's State of the Union address. The Massachusetts Democrat said she decided to skip Tuesday's speech in part because Trump stokes fear in people of color, women, healthcare providers, the LGBTQ community, low-income...

This combination photo shows Brian Wilson performing at the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, Ill, on Oct 6, 2017, left, and  Mike Love at

No good vibrations for Beach Boys, split by hunting concert

Feb. 4, 2020 3:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the co-founders of The Beach Boys has joined a boycott of his own music to protest it being used by another band member at an animal hunting convention. Brian Wilson has denounced a performance of Beach Boys music on Wednesday at the Safari Club International Convention in Reno,...

Members of the Spanish parliament applaud Spain's King Felipe VI, left, after giving a speech during the official opening of the parliamentary season in Madrid, Monday, Feb. 2, 2020. Nearly 50 lawmakers who advocate for the Spanish regions to become independent have boycotted Monday's ceremonial opening of the nation's legislative season over the presence of the royal family. The representatives of five parties from the Catalonia, Basque Country and Galicia regions, all in northern Spain, say the king's figure is

Spanish separatist lawmakers blast 'anachronistic' monarchy

Feb. 3, 2020 10:03 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Nearly 50 Catalan and other lawmakers who advocate their regions ' independence from Spain boycotted Monday's ceremonial opening of the nation's legislative season to protest the presence of the royal family. The representatives of five parties from the northern regions of Catalonia, the...

UAE finds new natural gas field between Abu Dhabi, Dubai

Feb. 3, 2020 5:39 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Monday announced the discovery of a natural gas field containing 80 trillion standard cubic feet of gas between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Authorities said the new Jebel Ali field would help the Emirates become more energy independent, as the UAE...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2017, file photo, a Kansas City Chiefs fan does the

KC fans under closer scrutiny for chants, 'tomahawk chops'

Jan. 30, 2020 2:39 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — While other sports teams using Native American nicknames and imagery have faced decades of protests and boycotts, the Kansas City Chiefs have largely slid under the radar. Until now. The Chiefs will appear in their first Super Bowl in 50 years Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers,...