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World finance leaders issue sober assessment

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde left talks with IMFC Chair Tharman Shanmugaratnam during World Bank IMF Spring

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, left, talks with IMFC Chair Tharman Shanmugaratnam during the World Bank IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — World finance leaders meeting in Washington have come out with a somber assessment of the global economy.

They say the recovery remains uneven, and that growth and jobs are in short supply.

The steering committee for the 188-nation International Monetary Fund said in a statement Saturday that decisive action is needed to boost growth.

But the leading world economies are at odds over the best mix of policies to pursue.



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