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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.

Environment

Geo answer: Belgium

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Belgium. The World's David Leveille explains that the country's national airline has decided to slow down their airplanes to cut fuel consumption.

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.