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LG G5 phones are coming to the U.S. in early April

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When I first saw the LG G5 and the many accessories and gizmos that LG launched alongside the phone, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona late last month, I was told they were all prototypes.

It’s good news, then, that LG has announced the G5, alongside some of its “friends,” will be arriving in the U.S. in early April.

The “friends” include a lightweight VR headset, a tiny 360-degree camera, hi-fi and camera modules for the phone, and the Rolling Bot, a ball-shaped bot you can use to monitor your house and amuse your pets.

The Rolling Bot, some of G5's modules, LG 360 VR and LG 360 Cam

The Rolling Bot, some of G5’s modules, LG 360 VR and LG 360 Cam

The phone and accessories will be available via major carriers and retailers, including AT&T, Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile Stores, B&H, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon, LG said.

A precise date and pricing info will be announced “in the coming weeks.”

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It’s worth noting that, while LG did not say which accessories will be available alongside the G5 in April, a company rep told us in Barcelona that the Rolling Bot is surely not coming before the summer.

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Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand

Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.

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By Karen Lee

Following the February 1 coup, Myanmar’s netizens became the latest to join the #MilkTeaAlliance, an online collective of pro-democracy youth across Asia.

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability

A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.

The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.

Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.

In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.

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While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.

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