Top Chinese Official Plans U.S. Trip to Address Trade Friction

The visit by Liu He, center, to Washington next week comes as Trump administration officials have stepped up their criticism of Beijing’s trade policies in recent weeks. Jason Lee/Reuters BEIJING — President Xi Jinping of China is sending his top economic policymaker to Washington on Tuesday in a bid to reduce trans-Pacific trade tensions before …

Patients Eagerly Awaited a Generic Drug. Then They Saw the Price.

A Teva Pharmaceutical drug manufacturing facility in Jerusalem. The company announced earlier this month it would sell a generic version of the drug Syprine at a lower price, but it’s hardly a bargain. Thomas Koehler/Photothek, via Getty Images When Teva Pharmaceuticals announced recently that it would begin selling a copycat version of Syprine — an …

Surfacing: At the ‘Hairdresser’s Fashion Week,’ Celebrating Black Beauty

SURFACING Meet the people who gather for the extravaganza known as the Bronner Bros. Show in Atlanta. “It’s a hairdresser’s fashion week,” said Dwight Eubanks, who had just stepped off the stage from judging the Champion of Weaves competition at the Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show in Atlanta. Mr. Eubanks is a Bronner Bros. devotee …

The Guardian view on tackling sexual exploitation: listening to victims is not enough | Editorial

The 700 children and vulnerable women groomed and abused by gangs in north-east England were “harmed beyond imagination”, in the words of one victim. Some showed remarkable courage in giving evidence despite years of manipulation, threats and violence. Their bravery led to the conviction of 17 men and one woman last August; Northumbria police’s broader …

Jeff Fairburn’s tin ear makes Persimmon the home of executive greed

Jeff Fairburn didn’t buckle when his chairman, as well as the head of Persimmon’s remuneration committee, resigned in December over his insistence on taking his £100m bonus in full. Nor did he waver in the media storm that followed. He’d make a donation to charity, he eventually conceded, but never got round to defining what …

Scottish Labour MSP withdraws invitation to controversial US academic

A Scottish Labour MSP has withdrawn her invitation to a controversial academic who has linked abortion to mental health issues to speak at the Holyrood parliament after fellow MSPs raised concerns about the event. Elaine Smith, Scottish Labour spokesperson on poverty and inequality, invited colleagues to a meeting titled Abortion in Scotland: a solution or …