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Bill Gates says he has COVID, experiencing mild symptoms

May. 10, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Tuesday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms. Via Twitter, the billionaire philanthropist said he will isolate until he is again healthy. “I’m fortunate to be vaccinated and...

For widows in Africa, COVID-19 stole husbands, homes, future

May. 10, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

UMUIDA, Nigeria (AP) — As Anayo Mbah went into labor with her sixth child, her husband battled COVID-19 in another hospital across town. Jonas, a young motorcycle taxi driver, had been placed on oxygen after he started coughing up blood. Jonas would never meet his daughter,...

Atlanta: Spelman College taps Helene Gayle as next president

Apr. 25, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Spelman College, one of the nation's only two historically Black colleges for women, on Monday chose as its president an epidemiologist who spent decades fighting AIDS and HIV before becoming the leader of an international anti-poverty group. Trustees of the private...

Women of Lesotho's garment industry lose jobs, hope in COVID

Mar. 29, 2022 03:54 AM EDT

MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — Vekile Sesha stood outside the rusted gates of a garment factory in the industrial district of Lesotho’s capital, Maseru, willing her luck to change. Four months earlier, the blue jeans factory where she worked nearby abruptly shut, blaming plummeting demand from the...

In Somaliland, COVID brings 'cutters' door to door for girls

Feb. 28, 2022 03:03 AM EST

HARGEISA, Somalia (AP) — Safia Ibrahim's business was in trouble. COVID-19 had taken hold in Somaliland, in the Horn of Africa. The 50-year-old widow with 10 children to support set out door to door on the capital's outskirts, a razor at hand, taking advantage of the lockdown to seek work with a...