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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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On this day – June 14

Harriet Beecher Stowe



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11 June 2021 – 2021 Peruvian general election
Vladimir Cerrón, leader of the socialist Free Peru party, claims victory for leftist candidate Pedro Castillo as vote counting approaches an end with more than 99.5% of votes counted and with Castillo more than 60,000 votes ahead of right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori. Some countries in the region have already congratulated Castillo on his apparent presidential election win. (Reuters)
10 June 2021 –
Authorities in Myanmar charge deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years' imprisonment. Her trial is expected to begin Monday as her lawyers say that all the charges against her are to "keep her out of the public eye". (Deutsche Welle)
7 June 2021 – 2021 Israel–Palestine crisis
A pro-settler march that was scheduled for Thursday and would have traveled through sensitive sites in East Jerusalem is canceled after Israeli police refused to authorize it. However, the police said they would review a petition calling for the march to be rescheduled. The cancellation follows a warning from Hamas senior leader Khalil al-Hayya that the march could lead to renewed violence. (Al Jazeera English)
7 June 2021 –
Russian oppositional leader Alexei Navalny is returned to prison after fully recovering from his hunger strike. (Deutsche Welle)
5 June 2021 – 2021 Myanmar protests
Clashes erupt in Ayeyarwady and Kyonpyaw, near Yangon, where the military shot and killed 20 protesters, thereby bringing the nationwide death toll since the February 1 coup to more than 845. Meanwhile, military junta leader Min Aung Hlaing meets with ASEAN leaders to discuss paths to peace in the country. (Reuters)
4 June 2021 –
Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya asks the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union to exercise more pressure on the government of Alexander Lukashenko. Tsikhanouskaya, who is currently in self-exile in Lithuania, has been calling for such sanctions since the arrest of activist and journalist Roman Protasevich on May 23. (Reuters)
Updated: 21:33, 13 June 2021

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