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IMF chief: global economy's freefall may be ending

The head of the International Money Fund believes the global economic meltdown may be starting to wind down, and recovery could emerge in 2010.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The head of the International Money Fund believes the global economic meltdown may be starting to wind down, and recovery could emerge in 2010.

But Dominique Strauss-Kahn says countries must act together and immediately adopt policies aimed at ending the recession.

Strauss-Kahn, a former finance minister in France, says the impressive economic gains many countries have made during the past decade are threatened. He says there is a risk that low income countries could be cast back into poverty and that the human consequences "could be absolutely devastating."

Strauss-Kahn, speaking Washington, said the IMF, a 185-nation Washington-based lending institution, must now live up to the trust placed in it by the international community.

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