Microsoft reported record quarterly revenues, the IMF projects the Russian economy and the global economy will grow faster than previously expected, and the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees is in crisis after allegations that some of its staff were involved in the October 7 attacks on Israel.

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Cloud strength and AI excitement boost Microsoft revenue

Alphabet’s advertising growth falls short of Wall Street expectations

IMF raises Russia growth outlook as war boosts economy

A UN agency in Gaza is in crisis. Palestinians may pay the price

Israeli intelligence accused UN staff of kidnap and seizing body

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