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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.

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Credit: Mary Garrity, restored by Adam Cuerden

Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931) was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist and, with her husband, newspaper owner Ferdinand L. Barnett, an early leader in the civil rights movement. She documented lynching in the United States, and was active in the women's rights and the women's suffrage movements.

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In the news

10 November 2019 –
The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announces it has "neutralized" the leader of an offshoot of a Hutu militia, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, in another blow to a "weakened group". (Reuters)
7 November 2019 –
The International Criminal Court sentences Bosco Ntaganda to 30 years in prison for war crimes as leader of the National Congress for the Defence of the People which operated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). (Al Jazeera)
1 November 2019 –
Irish mixed-martial artist Conor McGregor is convicted for assaulting a man in a Drimnagh pub in April, and is fined 1,000. (BBC News)
31 October 2019 –
ISIL confirms the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and its spokesman Abul-Hasan al-Muhajir, and names Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi as its new leader. (Al Jazeera)
27 October 2019 – Syrian Civil War, American-led intervention in the Syrian Civil War, International military intervention against ISIL, Barisha raid
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, is believed to have died in a suicide bombing after U.S.-led coalition special forces raid targeted positions belonging to Huras al-Din in Syria's rebel-held Idlib Governorate. U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement at 9:00 AM EDT (1300 UTC) asserting his death. (Voice of America) (Reuters)
18 October 2019 – Mexican Drug War
The Mexican National Guard arrests Ovidio Guzmán López, one of former cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's sons, in Culiacán. He is later released after government forces come under intense attack and are overpowered by Sinaloa Cartel gunmen, according to Security Minister Alfonso Durazo. (BBC) (CNBC)
Updated: 7:30, 11 November 2019

Quote of the week

"I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul."

Émile Zola

In "J'accuse…!", L'Aurore 13 January 1898

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