IMF chief says financial crisis has eased

WASHINGTON –The head of the International Monetary Fund said Thursday that the global financial crisis has eased substantially but countries must do more to promote growth and alleviate rampant unemployment.

“We believe we have avoided the worst, and the economic world no longer looks quite as dangerous as it is did,” IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said at the the spring meeting of the IMF and the World Bank here.

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