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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 themselves, sometimes with the assistance of a collaborator or ghostwriter. (Full article...)

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28 July 2021 – Belarus–United States relations
U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya at the White House. Biden reiterates his support for the Belarusian opposition activists for "[their] quest for democracy and universal human rights" as Tsikhanouskaya thanks Biden and says that "Belarus will be a success story". (DW)
27 July 2021 – Hong Kong national security law
A court in Hong Kong found 24-year-old Tong Ying-kit, the first person to be charged under the national security law, guilty of terrorism and secession after driving his motorcycle into police. (DW) (Bloomberg)
26 July 2021 –
Mary Simon is officially sworn in as the 30th governor general of Canada. She is the first Indigenous person to hold the office. (CBC)
25 July 2021 – 2020 Summer Olympics
Japanese skateboarder Yuto Horigome wins a gold medal in skateboarding, making him the first athlete to do so. (NPR)
22 July 2021 –
Tanzanian opposition leader Freeman Mbowe and 15 members of his Chadema party, who were arrested yesterday, are charged with terrorism, according to a statement from the party. Amnesty International condemns the charges and the United States said yesterday that Mbowe's arrest was "very concerning". (Al Jazeera)
21 July 2021 –
Police in Tanzania arrest opposition leader Freeman Mbowe and dozens of other people within his party amid accusations of authoritarianism by the government of Samia Suluhu Hassan. Mbowe's Chadema party condemns his arrest and labels the government as a "dictatorship". (Reuters)
Updated: 21:33, 30 July 2021

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