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25 years of independence in Eritrea : Thousands continue to flee the repressive regime

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Petrol shortages in France and free hugs in Britain

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MEDIAWATCH

Petrol shortages in France and #HugABrit

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THE DEBATE

Obama in Vietnam: Just how close can Washington and Hanoi become? (part 1)

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THE DEBATE

Fuel on the fire: French unions block refineries to protest labour reform (part 2)

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Music show: Judith Owen, Eric Clapton and Ariana Grande

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Video: Christian NGO brings Syrian refugees to Italy

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IN THE PAPERS

'Near miss' for Austria and the EU

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IN THE PAPERS

#hugabrit

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Smurfs celebrate golden anniversary

Video by Nadia CHARBIT , Pauline PACCARD

Latest update : 2008-10-24

The Smurf's first appearance in the world of comics in 1958 was very low key, but readers have not stopped noticing the little blue creatures ever since. Fifty years on, 25 million copies of their adventures have been sold worldwide.

Date created : 2008-10-24

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