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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, the highest-ranking Holy See official to ever be charged with sexually abusing young boys, was found dead Friday as he awaited trial, the Vatican said.
A white-knuckle ride for global markets this week looked set to end with a whimper on Friday, with equities and commodities giving up some of their eye-popping bounces as investors turned their focus back to central banks' ability to avert deflation. While insignificant compared to the near-10 percent drops and rebounds seen on some markets this week, the choppy trade left some blue-chip European indexes on track to end the week slightly lower - even as emerging markets, the epicenter of global growth worries, were set for a higher finish. China's central bank injected 60 billion yuan ($9.39 billion) into money markets on Friday, the second such move this week, while German inflation data, showing harmonized consumer prices at 0.1 percent year-on-year in August, is likely to set the tone for the European Central Bank's meeting next Thursday as deflationary pressures rise around the world.