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A biography, or simply bio, is a detailed description of a person's life. It involves more than just 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 themselves, sometimes with the assistance of a collaborator or ghostwriter. (Full article...)

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27 January 2024 –
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24 January 2024 –
The Constitutional Court of Thailand acquits former Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat for owning shares in the defunct media company iTV, thereby allowing Limjaroenrat to resume serving as a Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives. (AP)
23 January 2024 –
North Korea demolishes the Arch of Reunification in Pyongyang after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ruled out peaceful reunification with South Korea. (NDTV)
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21 January 2024 – Russian invasion of Ukraine
At least 27 people are killed by alleged Ukrainian artillery strikes on Donetsk, according to Russian-appointed local officials. Donetsk People's Republic leader Denis Pushilin declares a day of mourning in response. Ukraine denies responsibility.(AP) (Reuters)
19 January 2024 – 2024 Ecuadorian conflict
Argentina deports eight Ecuadorians, including relatives of gang leader José Adolfo Macías Villamar, who were arrested yesterday amid the ongoing conflict in Ecuador. (Reuters)
Updated: 6:33, 1 February 2024

Quote of the week

"In history, so-called Great Men are but labels serving to give a name to historical events, and like labels they have the least possible connection with the event itself. Every action of theirs that seems to them an act of their own free will is, in an historical sense, not free at all but in bondage to the whole course of previous history, and predestined from all eternity."

Leo Tolstoy

In War and Peace


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