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Saturday 01 December 2012

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

"When you find yourself in a mob now, you'll get killed and nobody will know you are dead. You'll just be buried there and your family will be looking for you." Aliyu Tanko and Ibrahim Shehu-Adam are born and bred Kaduna boys - a volatile state in northern Nigeria marred by sectarian violence. As children growing up in the 1990s, they watched Kaduna change irrevocably. So now, as journalists, they talk about how they deal with the challenge of reporting in such a dangerous place - especially when that place is home.

BBC Brasil's Thomas Pappon gives the lowdown on the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites - this week extinct Ninjas and disappearing Islands.

Rustam Qobil of the Uzbek Service is on the hunt for some Afghan warlords. How do they exercise their considerable power? He describes his adventures in the remote Takhar province - including what happened when he met the commanders and how he got access to them. Plus, Ismael Saadat from BBC Pashto gives the lowdown on what exactly defines an Afghan warlord.

North Korea's leader made the headlines this week in China as the world's sexiest man as a 55-page photo spread of glorious Kim Jong-Un appeared in the online version of the People's Daily - lifted from the satirical American publication The Onion - and reprinted in earnest without a hint of sarcasm. We have our own Fifth Floor poetic tribute.

Photo: Aftermath of bomb attack in Kaduna, June 2012



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