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Athanagild

Athanagild was Visigothic King of Hispania and Septimania. He had rebelled against his predecessor, Agila I, in 551; the armies of Agila and Athanagild met at Seville, where Agila met a second defeat. Following the death of Agila in 554, he was sole ruler for the rest of his reign. Roger Collins writes that Athanagild's reign "is more significant than our sources may care to let us believe." Collins argues that the account of Isidore of Seville may be colored by the hostility subsequent Visigothic kings had towards Athanagild and his descendants. During the conflict between the two, a Roman force sent by Justinian seized control of a large portion of Hispania Baetica; the pretext for their arrival is unclear. Peter Heather states that Jordanes implies that Agila had summoned them. Isidore of Seville offers two conflicting stories: in the section on Agila, the Goths surrounding him killed him out of fear "that Roman soldiers might invade Spain on the pretext of giving help". Collins notes that "in both of the emperor Justinian's other western interventions, Africa in 533 and Italy in 535, he came in ostensibly to uphold the rights of legitimate monarchs against usurpers", thus agreeing with Jordanes' version of the events.

Although Athanagild recovered a few cities, the Romans held most of their conquest, organized as the province of Spania, long after the end of his reign. It is unclear the exact area this province covered. J. B. Bury states that it "comprised districts and towns to the west as well as to the east of the Straits of Gades" and included the cities of New Carthage and Assionia. Peter Heather, while agreeing it included New Carthage and Assionia, is dubious about Corduba, is certain Málaga, Sagontia were included. Collins agrees that Corduba did not come under Roman control, nor did the Guadalquivir valley, stating that their principal strongholds were Medina Sidonia, Málaga and New Carthage. Athanagild died of natural causes in Toledo, according to Isidore after an interregnum of five months, Liuva I became king, his queen, gave him two daughters — Brunhilda and the murdered Galswintha — who were married to two Merovingian brother-kings: Sigebert I of Austrasia and Chilperic, king of the Neustrian Franks.

Although Gregory of Tours states the reasons for this were that Sigebert disdained the prevalent practice of "taking wives who were unworthy of them", sought the beautiful and cultured Brunhilda, while Chilperic married her sister out of sibling rivalry, Ian Wood points out that the circumstances and the scale of the morgengab suggest that the situation was more complex. "Athangild had no sons. By marrying two daughters to Frankish kings, he may have intended to involve the Merovingians in the Visigothic succession, he hoped that the marriages would produce grandsons who could succeed him."However Athanagild's death in 567 altered the situation. Wood speculates that the date of Galswintha's murder followed soon after his death. Brunhilda avoided her sister's fate, became a central figure of Frankish history for the remainder of the sixth century. Lastly, Goiswintha survived the upheaval that followed Athangild's death, became the second wife of Liuvigild, the brother of Athangild's successor Liuva, himself a future king of the Visigoths

Roya Rahmani

Roya Rahmani is an Afghan diplomat who has served as Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States since December 2018. Rahmani was born in Kabul in 1978, a year. After the Soviets left in 1989, the country descended into civil war, her school was closed for months at a time and her family fled to Pakistan in 1993. In Peshawar, she attended a Saudi-funded school for refugees, where she recalled studying on the roof for an entire school year due to overcrowding. Rahmani returned to Kabul in 1998, but refused to leave the house rather than put on a burqa as the Taliban required. In 1999, she received a scholarship from the World University Service of Canada and went to McGill University, completing a bachelor's degree in software engineering, she completed a master's degree in public administration and international law at Columbia University in New York in 2009. She was a Fulbright scholar. Rahmani returned to Afghanistan in 2004 and worked for a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to women's education.

She worked for other nonprofits focusing on human rights, before moving to the United States to attended graduate school. She joined the Afghan government in 2011, working in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Rahmani served as Afghanistan's first ambassador to Indonesia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations from June 2016, she was the second woman appointed as an ambassador by President Ashraf Ghani, after he vowed to give women more leadership positions. She said Muslim women should be recognized as "good negotiators" because they could "embrace people more and tenderly". On 14 December 2018, Rahmani was appointed Ambassador to the United States by President Ghani, the first woman to hold the position, she took up the post just as President Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from her country. She said, "women have been treated like a minority. Together, the women and the youth are a majority, they are not willing to give up their rights, they are not willing to compromise their human rights and go back to the old days."

She replaced Hamdullah Mohib, who had resigned three months earlier to become National Security Adviser. In May 2019, Rahmani criticized the Trump government after ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad engaged in direct talks with the Taliban, who have rejected engaging in talks with the Afghan government, saying "They are not our government, they are not our representatives" and that ending the war "should be decided by the people who are most affected by the process." Rahmani is married and has one daughter, born in 2014. She is a Muslim. Roya Rahmani on Twitter Embassy biography

Sean Scanlan

Sean Scanlan was a Scottish actor. He is known for his many television and stage roles. Scanlan appeared in a large number of plays and television programmes, including as Dougie the ship's mate in The Tales of Para Handy and Shug in Rab C. Nesbitt, he had a major role in Two Thousand Acres of Sky, playing the ferryboat captain. Smaller parts include playing Kenneth McIver, the unlucky criminal brother of regular cast member TV John McIver in Hamish Macbeth, he played the part of Duncan'Jock' Mcevoy in Yorkshire TV's 1982 production of Airline alongside Roy Marsden and Richard Heffer. In 2011, he performed in Sins of the Father while rehearsing Lark and the Puppet Handy. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he was married to Barbara Rafferty, whom he met while performing Playing for Real. Sean Scanlan died on 17 April 2017, aged 68. Sean Scanlan on IMDb