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Bill Gates' leadership roles stay intact despite allegations

May. 18, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Despite damaging allegations suggesting Bill Gates pursued women who worked for him, don't expect changes to his roles at the two iconic institutions he co-founded, Microsoft and his namesake philanthropic foundation. Critics say the revelations raise...

Report: Microsoft investigated Gates before he left board

May. 16, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Board members at Microsoft Corp. made a decision in 2020 that it wasn't appropriate for its co-founder Bill Gates to continue sitting on its board as they investigated the billionaire’s prior romantic relationship with a female Microsoft employee that was deemed...

Diplomats, donors concerned about sex abuse reports at WHO

May. 14, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British, European and American diplomats and donors have voiced serious concerns about how the World Health Organization handled sex abuse allegations involving its own staff during an outbreak of Ebola in Congo, as reported this week by The Associated Press. ...

Hit by COVID, Senegal's women find renewed hope in fishing

May. 10, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

BARGNY, Senegal (AP) — Since her birth on Senegal’s coast, the ocean has always given Ndeye Yacine Dieng life. Her grandfather was a fisherman, and her grandmother and mother processed fish. Like generations of women, she now helps support her family in the small community of Bargny by...

Bill and Melinda Gates divorce could shake up philanthropy

May. 04, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

As much as Bill and Melinda Gates might want to keep their pending divorce private, the split between the billionaire co-founders of the world’s largest private foundation is sure to have very public consequences, with the breakup having already sent a wave of anxious uncertainty through...

Bill and Melinda Gates announce they are getting divorced

May. 03, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates said Monday that they are divorcing but would keep working together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest charitable foundations in the world. In identical tweets, the Microsoft co-founder and his wife said...

Gates aids fundraising drive for global vaccine distribution

Apr. 28, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

A new mass fundraising campaign aims to inspire 50 million people around the world to make small donations to Covax, the international effort to push for equitable global distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations. Called Go Give One, the campaign was launched Wednesday by the...

Blinken urges nations to add $2B more to UN vaccine program

Apr. 15, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken appealed Thursday for other countries to inject another $2 billion into a U.N.-backed program to ship coronavirus vaccines to the world’s poorest countries — at a time when rich countries have seized the lion's share of them. ...

Red Nose Day shifts to year-round fundraising amid pandemic

Apr. 07, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What happened to Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day 2020, like so many philanthropic campaigns during the pandemic, was no laughing matter. Back in February of last year, Alison Moore, the CEO of Comic Relief U.S., had said the charity was ready to do...