Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Microsoft Boss Gates Steps Down from Frontline Role; World at a Glance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Microsoft Boss Gates Steps Down from Frontline Role; World at a Glance

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. MICROSOFT founder Bill Gates will spend the next two years easing himself out of day-today involvement at the company he built into the world's biggest software maker.

His decision to step down as chief software architect and to relinquish all managerial roles by July 2008 comes at a time when Microsoft is struggling to find new sources of growth. By July 2008, Gates said, he will be working fulltime for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - which funds health and education projects around the world.

The world's richest man, whose wealth was estimated at $50 billion in March by Forbes magazine, will remain as Microsoft's chairman and an advisor on key development projects past the 2008 transition.

He said: "The change we're seeing today is not a retirement, it's a reordering of my priorities."

Sri Lankans bomb rebels after bus atrocity

. SRI Lanka's air force launched a second day of strikes on Tamil Tiger positions after a bus bombing blamed on the rebels killed 64 people.

Bombs were dropped around the northern rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi.

Rebel leader Seevaratnam Puleedevan said: "They are carrying out attacks.

At least eight bombs have been dropped since dawn today. I think the government, by launching the raids, is showing they are ready for war."

The Sri Lankan air force began retaliatory strikes after yesterday's attack on a bus in a Sinhalese area, the worst atrocity since a 2002 ceasefire.

Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse said he remains committed to making peace with the Tamil Tigers despite the bus bombing.

"We will not let this incident, however barbaric it is, sabotage the peace process. We are deeply committed to the peace process," he said.

Murder victim's head found after crash

.A MAN driving with his wife's severed head in his truck crashed into a car, killing the driver and her four-year-old child. The head, tossed onto the road, led police in Idaho to the body of 47-year-old Theresa Time in the garage of the home she shared with her husband, Alofa Time, 50. He was not injured in the crash, and told officers that he was involved in his wife's death. …

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