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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 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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19 January 2021 – Uganda–United States relations
An Ugandan government spokesman accuses the U.S. government of "subversion" after the ambassador Natalie E. Brown tried to visit opposition leader Bobi Wine at his home, where is under house arrest. Brown commented she wanted to check the "health and safety" of Wine. (Reuters)
16 January 2021 – COVID-19 pandemic
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the world's largest vaccination programme against COVID-19 in India, which plans to vaccinate more than 1.3 billion people. A sanitation worker is the first person to receive the vaccine. (BBC)
16 January 2021 – 2021 Christian Democratic Union of Germany leadership election
North Rhine-Westphalia minister-president Armin Laschet is elected leader of the Christian Democratic Union, one of the ruling parties in the Bundestag and the party of incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel. Laschet's election makes him a front-runner to be the party's candidate in the federal election in September. (AFP via The Local)
16 January 2021 – 2021 Ugandan general election
The Electoral Commission of Uganda declares incumbent President Yoweri Museveni the winner of the presidential election, winning about 59% of the vote, while opposition leader Bobi Wine received only 35% of the vote, according to the commission. (BBC)
15 January 2021 –
The Lao People's Revolutionary Party elects Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith as its new General Secretary, replacing retiring chief Bounnhang Vorachit. Sisoulith was elected for a five-year term as leader of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, the top post in the country, and part of the country's Politburo. (Reuters)
14 January 2021 – 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)
Updated: 11:33, 19 January 2021

Quote of the week

"The Art of Biography
Is different from Geography.
Geography is about Maps,
But Biography is about Chaps."

Edmund Clerihew Bentley

In Biography for Beginners, 1905

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