Why has Will Smith travelled to India?
06 May 2022 | 8:48 am
Will Smith is planning to practice yoga and meditation, according to an insider.
Relations between India and China took a nosedive after deadly border clashes in June 2020. The Chinese foreign minister's visit marks the first high-level trip by a Chinese official in nearly two years.
We take a look at how the press is reacting to Will Smith slapping comedian Chris Rock live on television at the Academy Awards. We also delve into newspapers’ reactions to Joe Biden's comment that Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power". Plus, with less than two weeks to go until the French presidential election, we discuss how voter apathy could shift the outcome of the first round.
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in the face on stage at the Oscars after the comic made a joke about the actor's wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
The Oscar winner's slapping of Chris Rock at the Academy Awards has triggered heated debate on social media. Almost everyone agrees, however, that violence is no answer to a poor joke.
The 94th Academy Awards aimed to boost the ceremony's increasingly dismal ratings, but this year's Oscars went more viral than they bargained for. Just minutes before Will Smith won best actor for "King Richard", he walked onstage and slapped comedian Chris Rock after the latter made a bad joke about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia.
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The US actor has been barred from attending the glamorous Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles for 10 years after hitting comedian Chris Rock.
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