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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 (résumé), a biography presents a subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of their 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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5 March 2021 – COVID-19 pandemic
Nigeria officially launches a vaccination campaign against COVID-19, with a doctor who has spent the past year treating COVID-19 patients becoming the first person to be vaccinated. (Reuters)
5 March 2021 –
Protests continues in Senegal against the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, with three more people confirmed dead, bringing the death toll to 4. (BBC)
4 March 2021 –
Police in Bignona, Senegal open fire against a group of people demonstrating against the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, killing a protester. (Al Jazeera)
3 March 2021 – 2021 Myanmar protests
Thirty-eight protesters are shot dead and 30 more are wounded by the military and police as protests against the February 1 coup continue across the country. A meeting of ASEAN nations called for restraint of the security forces but failed to unanimously call for the release of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (BBC)
1 March 2021 – Aftermath of the 2021 Myanmar coup d'état, 2021 Myanmar protests
Ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi appears in court to hear two more charges against her. The charges are a colonial-era penal code prohibiting publication of information that may "cause fear or alarm", and a telecommunications law stipulating licenses for equipment. Meanwhile, police disperse protesters with tear gas and stun grenades. (Reuters)
28 February 2021 –
Chadian security forces raid the home of opposition leader Yaya Dillo Djérou in N'Djamena, killing five of his relatives, including his mother and son. A government statement states that the raid was an operation to arrest Dillo. Two other people are also killed and five are wounded in the ensuing fight. (Al Jazeera)
Updated: 11:33, 6 March 2021

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"Biography should be written by an acute enemy."

Arthur Balfour

Quoted by S. K. Ratcliffe, The Observer, 30 January 1927

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