Extraordinary personal stories from around the world.

Today, a North Korean poet describes his meetings with the late leader Kim Jong-il.

He tells how he risked his life to smuggle his poetry out of the country when he defected to the South.

Also the French zoo keepers who have been sharing their bedroom with a 130kg gorilla named Digit for the past 13 years after she was abandoned as a baby by her mother.

(Image: A commemorative stamp featuring the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Credit: Reuters)

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