Energy firms pursuing new markets in world’s unelectrified regions

Details: In October, Shell said it expects to provide electricity to 100 million more people and help turn energy startups into substantial businesses. Engie aims to provide access to “decarbonized, decentralized” energy to 20 million people around the world by 2020. Schneider Electric is halfway toward its goal of connecting 50 million new households to…

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In an interview with Reuters, President Trump suggested he might be willing to trade an arrested Chinese executive for a better trade deal. Such an offer, experts tell Axios, is uncomfortably transactional, dangerous to U.S. institutions and alliances, and quite likely a constitutional no-no. Driving the news: The administration reportedly began discussing using Meng Wanzhou,…

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When pharmaceutical companies send checks to patients

Brand-name pharmaceutical companies occasionally send checks to commercially insured patients with the goal of getting those people to keep taking their high-priced drugs, Kaiser Health News reports. Why it matters: The industry says this is simply a direct form of “patient assistance,” which also includes things like copay coupons. However, critics see these practices as…

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Trump’s new Africa strategy aims to counter China, Russia

National Security Adviser John Bolton unveiled the Trump administration’s Africa strategy on Thursday, saying the U.S. would revamp its aid and investments in the continent. The plan is largely designed to counter China and Russia. Between the lines, from the AP’s Maria Danilova: “Any renewed U.S. effort to counter China in Africa, however, comes years…

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