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A biography, or simply bio, is a detailed description of a person's life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person's experience of these life events. Unlike a profile or curriculum vitae (r谷sum谷), a biography presents a subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of the subject's personality.

Biographical works are usually non-fiction, but fiction can also be used to portray a person's life. One in-depth form of biographical coverage is called legacy writing. Works in diverse media, from literature to film, form the genre known as biography.

An authorized biography is written with the permission, cooperation, and at times, participation of a subject or a subject's heirs. An autobiography is written by the person himself or herself, sometimes with the assistance of a collaborator or ghostwriter. (Full article...)

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14 January 2021 每 2021 Ugandan general election
Voters head to the polls to elect their next president and parliament. The two main presidential candidates are incumbent President Yoweri Museveni and opposition activist and musician Bobi Wine. The election has been widely criticized as being unfair, with both the United States and European Union cancelling their observations of the election. (BBC)
13 January 2021 每 List of Speakers of the Illinois House of Representatives
The Illinois House of Representatives elects Democrat Emanuel "Chris" Welch as the first African American Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, ending the era of Democrat Michael Madigan as the 67th and 69th Illinois Speaker, having served 18 terms as Speaker for all but two years since 1983, the longest serving legislative leader in United States history. (Politico) (The Hill)
11 January 2021 每 United States每Yemen relations
The leader of the Houthi movement, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, condemns a move by the United States to designate the group as "terrorists" saying that the group "reserves its right to respond to any designation" by the Trump administration. Iran and the Norwegian Refugee Council also condemn the designation, saying that it will create more devastation in the impoverished nation. (Al Jazeera)
6 January 2021 每 COVID-19 pandemic
The Netherlands begins a vaccination programme against COVID-19 with a nurse becoming the first person to be vaccinated with Pfizer's Tozinameran vaccine. (RTL Nieuws) (Swiss Info)
2 January 2021 每
Authorities in Pakistan arrest Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, alleged leader of the Lashker-e-Taiba group, which is blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. (ABC News)
2 January 2021 每 2020每21 Nigerien general election
The electoral commission of Niger declares that a second round of the presidential election will take place on February 21 after no candidate received a majority of the vote. The two candidates will be former minister Mohamed Bazoum, the leader of the ruling Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism, who won the first round with 39.33 percent of the votes, and former president Mahamane Ousmane, who won 16.99 percent of votes. (AFP via Al-Ahram)
Updated: 11:33, 15 January 2021

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"History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth."

E. L. Doctorow

Interviewed by George Plimpton in The Paris Review, Winter 1986

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