According to The New York Times, Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s leader, is seriously ill and is likely to have suffered a stroke weeks ago, American officials said Tuesday, raising the prospect of a chaotic power struggle in nuclear-armed North Korea.
This news lead starts off with all of the five W's. The "who and where" are tied together in the very first sentence; Kim Jong-Il, North Korea's leader. The "what" is that he is seriously ill. He suffered a stroke weeks ago relating to the "when" factor and the "why" is that it's raising the prospect of a nuclear-armed power struggle.
All of these elements help to make the lead catching to the reader and draw them into the story by giving the facts first.
Detail is used when describing when the day of the week of the report, and when the stroke occurred. The more basic or general details are telling us that there is a power struggle, but it doesn't allude to who is involved.
Starting a lead as hard-news gets the reader interested up front and tells them what they need to know. It utilizes the inverted pyramid method of writing by giving the readers the most important facts first and then adding details in the following paragraphs. This method allows readers to grasp the concept of the story and decide whether or not it is worth reading further.