A fresh look at the week's global news from across the World Service's 27 language sections, with David Amanor.

A state of emergency has been in place in Burma's western Rakhine state since deadly communal clashes in June, and last month violence erupted once more with renewed ferocity. Tensions have been simmering for decades between the Rakhine who are predominantly Buddhist and the Muslim Rohingya, whom many Burmese regard as foreigners from across the Bangladesh border. It hasn't been an easy story to tell for Ba Maw of our Burmese service. He is from Rakhine state and belongs to the Kamein ethnic group. Although his family is seen by the Rakhine as indigenes, some of his family are Muslim and because of this have also found themselves on the receiving end of attacks. How does he manage to remain calm when his family are forced to flee for their lives?

The unrest in Rakhine state has meant that thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been displaced - around 75,000, according to UN estimates. As a result, many Rohingyas have been seeking refugee across the Bay of Bengal and into Bangladesh. So how have our Burmese and Bengali Services been covering this ongoing story? Section heads Tin Htar Swe and Sabir Mustafa talk about how they've been covering both sides of a complicated conflict.

BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this week - including the hope of hula girls on Mars, and boxing victory for Afghanistan

The Facebook page of BBC Hausa was recently bombarded with comments from listeners shocked to hear reports about Jimmy Savile, the deceased television presenter at the centre of a huge child abuse scandal in Britain. But they had confused two very different names which could sound similar when heard on crackly shortwave radios, and Hausa presenter Jimmeh Saleh had found himself the victim of a case of mistaken identity among millions of listeners in West Africa.

In case you hadn't noticed, the US Presidential election is on Tuesday. While small children may cry about how sick they are of hearing from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the politicking from both sides still roars on. Sudanese reporter Lukman Ahmed for BBC Arabic and BBC Brasil journalist Pablo Uchoa are on the tip of the beltway. What has life been like on the campaign trail?

"It's a common sports injury - Vladimir Putin pulled a muscle." A press spokesman has finally ended weeks of media speculation on President Putin's limbs, and admitted that the notoriously buff Russian leader had in fact sustained an injury - though declining to say where - while exercising. But this certainly isn't the first time a Russian head of state has had a hushed up illness. Marina Fokina at BBC Monitoring wheels out the Kremlin's old sickbed.

(Image: A man walks past a destroyed mosque in Burma's Rakhine state. Credit: Getty)

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