Latest Boycotts News

Lionel Messi in Israel despite rockets and boycott threats

Nov. 17, 2019 3:57 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Soccer superstar Lionel Messi finally arrived in sports-crazed Israel on Sunday, after a Palestinian protest campaign derailed his previous visit and the latest round of cross-border fighting in Gaza threatened to scare him off once again. Messi and his Argentine teammates are in...

Afghan presidential candidate boycotts recounting process

Nov. 10, 2019 3:39 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has unilaterally withdrawn his team's election observers from an official recount of ballots ahead of long-delayed election results. Abdullah says Sunday the results will have no legitimacy if his team's observers are not present...

Libraries to boycott publisher's e-book policy

Oct. 31, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Several large library systems across the U.S. plan to suspend purchases beginning Friday of all electronic versions of Macmillan Publishers' new releases, in a protest against the publishing house's planned restrictions on library sales. Among libraries participating in the boycott...

Gospel artist Kirk Franklin says he's boycotting Dove Awards

Oct. 28, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin says he's boycotting the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards after they edited out part of his acceptance speech earlier this month in which he called for prayers after a police shooting in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. Franklin...

Independent candidates win Kashmir local elections

Oct. 25, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Independent candidates have overwhelmingly won village council elections held in Indian-controlled Kashmir months after New Delhi imposed a harsh security crackdown and stripped the region of its semi-autonomous status. The elections were boycotted by most political parties,...

India holds Kashmir elections despite lockdown, boycott

Oct. 24, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Village council elections were held Thursday across Indian-controlled Kashmir, with the detention of many mainstream local politicians and a boycott by most parties prompting expectations that the polls will install supporters of the central Hindu nationalist-led government that...

Will Perkins, a leading voice for Colorado's Amendment 2

Oct. 22, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Will Perkins, an advocate of a state anti-gay rights amendment that triggered a nationwide boycott of Colorado in the 1990s, has died. He was 91. The Gazette reported Tuesday that Perkins, a co-founder of the conservative nonprofit Colorado for Family Values, died Saturday of...

Sudan rebel faction, government hold 1st round of talks

Oct. 18, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's largest single rebel group Friday held its first round of direct peace talks with the country's transitional government, despite an earlier boycott following a military crackdown. The new transitional government and other rebel leaders kicked off talks Monday in South Sudan's capital,...

Grocery worker union ends Fred Meyer boycott

Oct. 12, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A union representing grocery workers from across Oregon and southwest Washington has reached a contract agreement with local grocery stores after 16 months of negotiations. The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 ratified the new 3-year labor contract on Friday with Fred...

Sondland attorney slams call for boycott of hotel chain

Oct. 10, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The attorney for a U.S. envoy at the center of an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump has slammed a Democratic congressman's call for a boycott of the Portland-based hotel chain that the diplomat founded. Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon said Wednesday that no one "who...