Central banks ease fears of global gridlock

WORLD - Central banks worldwide took swift action on Wednesday to keep financial markets working, pumping in additional money where needed. The Bank of Japan reacted quickly to soothe fears of a global gridlock, and was swiftly followed by other banks.

Although there were no reports of new violence in the United States or Europe, sporadic bomb scares forced evacuations of office blocks in London and Frankfurt - Europe's two main financial centres.

President George W. Bush said in a televised ad