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The World - Episode 20071218 - Miss Belgium controversy

The winner of this year's Miss Belgium contest got into trouble recently. She couldn't answer a question in Dutch -- one of Belgium's official languages. She speaks French, the country's other official language. But her linguistic misstep highlights the country's current identity crisis. Anchor Lisa Mullins explains.

Global Politics

Geo answer

Today's Geo Quiz asks for the names of 3 countries who were among the first to pass laws making voting mandatory. The three countries we had in mind are Belgium, Argentina and Australia.

Business, Economics and Jobs

Overseas bailout

As the U.S. bailout plan stumbles on Capitol Hill, European banks are suffering from their exposure to the U.S. crisis. The World's Laura Lynch reports that governments in Europe have had to intervene with bailouts of their own.

Arts, Culture & Media

Smurfs turn 50

The Smurfs are turning 50 years old. The likable blue cartoon characters were created by a Belgian artist in 1958. Anchor Marco Werman has more on celebrations this year to mark the anniversary.