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In pictures: Davos World Economic Forum 2019

US President Donald Trump along with the leaders of France, Britain and Zimbabwe have stayed away from the Swiss ski resort as they fight political fires back home. The International Monetary Fund warned in an update to its global economic forecasts that US-China trade confrontations, Brexit and other sources of uncertainty were threatening to drag down global growth even further than its already pessimistic outlook published three months ago.

In pictures: Davos World Economic Forum 2019
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and British naturalist, documentary maker and broadcaster David Attenborough attend a conversation during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, on January 22, 2019 in Davos, eastern Switzerland.
In pictures: Davos World Economic Forum 2019
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during a keynote address to the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 22, 2019 in Davos, eastern Switzerland.
In pictures: Davos World Economic Forum 2019
Former US vice president Al Gore delivers a speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, on January 22, 2019 in Davos, eastern Switzerland.
In pictures: Davos World Economic Forum 2019
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seen on a screen during his address via satellite at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, on January 22, 2019 in Davos, eastern Switzerland.
In pictures: Davos World Economic Forum 2019
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (R) shakes hands with Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab prior to deliver a speech during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, on January 22, 2019 in Davos, eastern Switzerland.
In pictures: Davos World Economic Forum 2019
Swiss President Ueli Maurer delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, on January 22, 2019 in Davos, eastern Switzerland.
In pictures: Davos World Economic Forum 2019
Alphorn blowers perform during the opening of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, on January 22, 2019 in Davos, eastern Switzerland.