Alphabet earnings beat expectations, a new report from the IMF says the future of the global economy is looking a little brighter than it did a few months ago, and the troubled regional bank PacWest has agreed to merge with Banc of California. Plus, the FT’s James Shotter explains the role Israeli businesses are playing in protesting the country’s judicial reforms.

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Alphabet revenue beats forecasts on robust digital ad performance

IMF upgrades forecasts but warns global economy ‘not out of the woods’

US regional lenders PacWest and Banc of California agree merger

Israel’s protesters prepare next phase of battle for democracy

Leading Israeli businesses to strike in protest at judicial reforms

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