Anti-crisis campaign gathers pace

UNITED STATES - Governments, central banks and economic authorities around the world have pledged to seek ways to help stabilise the global financial system in the wake of the US attacks.

As share, currency and commodity markets have gyrated, there are fears of a prolonged period of chaotic trading.

In the longer term, the authorities wish to persuade the banking system to continue lending as normal.

If bank lending were to dry up, it could push the already vulnerable global economy into recess