Finance officials pledge to combat global economic slowdown

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MARTIN CRUTSINGER and BANI SAPRA AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Global finance officials wrapped up their fall meetings on Saturday with a pledge to "employ all appropriate tools" to combat the weakest global growth in a decade, but there was little evidence of progress in easing trade tensions, a major source of the slowdown. The policy-setting committee for the 189-nation International Monetary Fund said in a closing statement that growth should accelerate next year. Officials acknowledged that a range of factors could undermine that forecast, including continued trade fights and increased geopolitical risks. "We recognize the need to resolve trade tensions and support the necessary reform of the World Trade Organization," the statement said. It did not detail ways to acco
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