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Third Volume of a 1727 edition of Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans printed by Jacob Tonson

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.

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Mark Rutte (born 14 February 1967) is a Dutch politician who has been the Prime Minister of the Netherlands since 14 October 2010 and the Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy since 29 June 2006. He previously served as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment and as State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science.

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24 May 2020 – North Korea and weapons of mass destruction
In his first appearance in three weeks, leader Kim Jong-un meets with state officials to discuss improving nuclear war deterrence measures, including increased artillery firepower. (Reuters)
22 May 2020 – 2020 New Zealand National Party leadership election
Todd Muller defeats Simon Bridges to become the new leader of the National Party, and the Leader of the Opposition. (Newshub)
20 May 2020 – Afghan peace process
Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada says his group is "committed to a landmark deal with the U.S." despite carrying out hundreds of attacks against Afghan forces since February. Akhundzada also urged the U.S. "to not afford anyone the opportunity to obstruct, delay and ultimately derail this internationally recognised bilateral agreement". (Al Jazeera)
19 May 2020 – COVID-19 pandemic
Annie Glenn, widow of astronaut John Glenn and disability rights advocate, dies of COVID-19 in a nursing home in Minnesota. (CNN)
15 May 2020 –
Ghanaian police names Coronation Street actor Philip Middlemiss as one of the four suspects in a £5 million bribery scandal over the sale of military planes, and asks he be turned over for questioning. (The Times)
11 May 2020 – Aftermath of the Macuto Bay raid, Venezuelan presidential crisis
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó accepts the resignations of his aides JJ Rendón and Sergio Vergara, over their roles in "Operation Gideon". Rendón and Vergara admitted signing a contract with Jordan Goudreau's Silvercorp USA in October 2019 to help remove Nicolás Maduro from office, and install Guaidó as President. (Bloomberg)
Updated: 10:33, 2 June 2020

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"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."

Oscar Wilde

Said by the character Dumby in Act III of Lady Windermere's Fan

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