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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 May 2021 – 2019–2021 Israeli political crisis
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin taps Yair Lapid, leader of the oppositional centrist party Yesh Atid, to form a new government after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form one yesterday. (Al Jazeera)
2 May 2021 –
Istanbul police announce that, on Wednesday, they arrested an Afghan man who served as a close aide to former ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and who had helped him hide in Syria's Idlib Governorate after the group lost its territory in 2019. The man lived in the Ataşehir district on the Asian side of the city. (Al Jazeera)
30 April 2021 – 2020–2021 Thai protests
Pro-democracy protest leader Parit Chiwarak is hospitalized over concerns for his health due to his continued hunger strike since March 15. The corrections department states that he was transferred to a hospital over concerns about his condition worsening to the point where he required specialized care. (Reuters)
27 April 2021 –
The European Parliament votes to lift the immunity of far-right MEP Ioannis Lagos, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2020 for being a leader of Golden Dawn, a party linked to acts of racist and political violence. Belgian police arrest Lagos ahead of his likely extradition to Greece. (The National Abu Dhabi)
26 April 2021 –
A court in Russia orders the Anti-Corruption Foundation, linked to opposition leader and activist Alexei Navalny, to cease its activities. Navalny's ally Leonid Volkov explains that the ruling forbids the Foundation from publishing anything online, taking part in elections, and organizing protests. The ruling comes after prosecutors sought to label the group as "extremists". (Deutsche Welle)
25 April 2021 – 93rd Academy Awards
Anthony Hopkins becomes the oldest person to win Best Actor for his role in The Father at 83. (The Guardian)
Updated: 12:33, 6 May 2021

Quote of the week

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Martin Luther King

On the steps of Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963

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