Trump calls on black NASCAR driver to apologise over noose protest Jul 07, 2020 0 958 12345 AFPWashingtonUS President Donald Trump called on Monday on NASCAR’s only black driver Bubba Wallace to apologise for protests launched over a noose found hanging in his garage stall, which the FBI found not to have been evidence of a hate crime.The garage door pull-rope fashioned like a noose -- widely seen as a symbol of lynchings in the American South -- sparked outrage when it was discovered during a period of nationwide protests over police brutality and racism.Dozens of Wallace’s fellow drivers staged a demonstration against bigotry but an FBI probe quickly found that the rope had been hanging in the stall months before the June 23 race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.“Has @BubbaWallace apologised to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX?” Trump said on Twitter.The noose discovery was made shortly after Wallace had successfully campaigned for a ban on flying the controversial Confederate flag at NASCAR, a popular sport with conservative Americans.Trump added in his tweet that the ban and the noose controversy had “caused lowest ratings EVER!” The president’s remarks came after two divisive Independence Day weekend speeches which critics said were an attempt to exploit racial animus and stoke fear among his base of white supporters, four months ahead of the presidential election.Last week Trump, who is trailing presumptive Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the polls, shared a video of his supporters chanting “white power” -- before deleting it amid an outcry.NASCAR president Steve Phelps noted after the inquiry had finished that “the noose was real” and “our initial reaction was to protect our driver.” “In hindsight, I should have used the word ‘alleged’ in our statement,” said Phelps.The US has been upended by protests against racism and police brutality since the killing of African American George Floyd by Minnesota police in May.The demonstrations have seen attacks on relics of the country’s slave-holding history such as the Confederate flag and statues of Confederate generals. RELATED ARTICLES France’s Louvre reopens to applause after 16-week virus shutdown Jul 07, 2020 0 634 Britain unveils sanctions against Russians, Saudis Jul 07, 2020 0 1406 Spain court clears extradition of former Mexico oil chief Jul 07, 2020 0 642 Mexican president rejects comparison of virus death toll with France, Spain MEXICO CITY: Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador refused on Sunday to compare coronavirus death tolls with European states after the Latin American nation became the fifth hardest-hit country by the .. Abinader claims victory in Dominican Republic presidential race SANTO DOMINGO: Opposition candidate Luis Abinader has claimed victory in the Dominican Republic’s presidential race after voters on Sunday braved a worsening coronavirus outbreak to cast their ballots for a new .. French ex-spies on trial for ‘sharing secrets’ with China AFP Paris The trial of two former French spies suspected of sharing secrets with China opened in a Paris criminal court on Monday, behind closed doors for reasons of national security. Identified only as Pierre-Marie H, .. Regeneron COVID-19 treatment enters final stage trials WASHINGTON: The pharmaceutical firm Regeneron on Monday announced it was entering the late stages of its human clinical trials investigating a drug to both treat and prevent COVID-19. The drug, called REGN-COV2, is a .. COVID-19 imperils AIDS progress, UN warns AFP Paris COVID-19 could cause an additional half a million AIDS deaths if treatment is disrupted long term, the United Nations said on Monday in a warning that the pandemic was jeopardising years of progress against HIV. .. Global experts warn of COVID-19 airborne threat AFP Washington An international group of 239 scientists on Monday urged authorities including the World Health Organization to recognise that the coronavirus can spread in the air at distances well beyond two meters .. Trump’s niece to release memoir on July 14 NEW YORK: Donald Trump’s niece will release her unflattering book on the US president on July 14, her publisher announced on Monday, after a judge lifted a temporary ban on publication. Simon & Schuster has brought .. Supreme Court rules US states can punish ‘faithless electors’ AFP Washington The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that US states have the right to remove and punish members of the Electoral College for not backing the presidential candidate whom they pledged to support. The unanimous ..