Gates foundation funds go to the poorest

REDMOND, Wash., July 13 (UPI) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has distributed $6 billion since its founding four years ago, has pledged half of that to the developing world.

Feature: 11 million forgotten children

CLEVELAND, June 27 (UPI) -- While the world's daily news headlines track the troubles in the Middle East and the latest emerging diseases -- SARS, monkey pox and West Nile virus -- nearly 11 million children are dying quietly, victims of the ancient villains: diarrhea, malaria and m
PEGGY PECK, UPI Science News

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The man the British call Dr. Death, doing life for killing patients, has been caring for elderly patients in the hospital wing of his top security prison, the London Daily Mirror reports.
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The Madonna video featuring the singer in military garb and someone throwing a grenade at President Bush has been shelved.
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Keep estate tax, says Gates Sr.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Wealthy individuals have a responsibility to repay the U.S. government for the benefits from American society that enabled them to gain their riches, William Gates Sr. -- father of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates -- said Tuesday at a Washington think tank f
CHRISTIAN BOURGE, UPI Think Tanks Correspondent

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BILL GATES' FOUNDATION DOUBLES GRANTS The philanthropic foundation set up by computer maven Bill Gates and his wife Melinda is doubling its generosity.
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CFR closing in on Gelb's successor

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The Council on Foreign Relations is still in the process of deciding who will replace Leslie H. Gelb, who has been president of the foreign policy-centered think tank for the last decade.
CHRISTIAN BOURGE, UPI Think Tank Correspondent

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President George W. Bush traveled to Arlington National Cemetery Monday to pay tribute to the nation's veterans, extolling their military and civilian service to the country and holding them up as examples of citizenship, United Press International report
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Analysis: Artful Aid 3: How to develop

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- Too much foreign aid, however charitable and benign in its intent, has gone to line the pockets of Third World dictators, or, worse still, to destroy economic incentives in the recipient countries. There must be a better way!
MARTIN HUTCHINSON, UPI Business and Economics Editor

Feature: China to vaccinate for hepatitis

SHANGHAI, June 8 (UPI) -- An estimated 60 percent of people in China carry the hepatitis B virus, and more than 10 percent are chronic sufferers. Health officials say thousands of Chinese die annually from hepatitis B, a leading cause of death in the nation of 1.3 billion people.
CHRISTIAN M. WADE, UPI Correspondent


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AIDS prevention touted over treatment

SAN FRANCISCO, May 23 (UPI) -- Programs to prevent the spread of AIDS in Africa by helping people avoid becoming infected should take priority over treating those who have the disease, according to research reported Thursday from the British medical journal The Lancet.
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Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates announced late August 21, 2006 that she is stepping down from the board of Bellevue, Washington-based Drugstore.com Inc., an online seller of health, vision and pharmaceutical products. Melinda resigned in order to spend more time running the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she serves as co-chair with husband and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Melinda had been on the board since 1999. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen/FILE)

Melinda Ann French (born August 15, 1964), later known as Melinda French Gates, is an American philanthropist and wife of Bill Gates. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a former unit manager for several Microsoft products such as Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia.

Melinda was born in Dallas, Texas to Raymond Joseph French, Jr., an engineer, and Elaine Agnes Amerland, a homemaker. Gates was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended St. Monica Catholic School, where she was the top student in her class year. She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982. Gates earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1987, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Shortly thereafter, she joined Microsoft and participated in the development of many of Microsoft’s multimedia products including Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia.

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