Leaders of the Group of 20 nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund ended a weekend of meetings in agreement over the general state of the world economy but failed to resolve differences between large nations on how to proceed. The IMF's policy-setting committee said countries must take decisive steps to nurture growth and recovery, but there was considerable disagreement over which path to take. "The commodity that is in shortest supply now is confidence," said Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singapore's finance minister. "We need to regenerate optimism and confidence."

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