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World News Update, what you need to know

AAP logoAAP 29/07/2016

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has appeared in a London court for a directions hearing ahead of his second trial on charges of indecently assaulting women and girls. (LEGAL: UK HARRIS)

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WASHINGTON - If Russia's planned humanitarian operation for Aleppo is a ruse, it risks disrupting US-Russian efforts to achieve a political solution to end the five-year Syrian civil war, the United States says.

LONDON - A barmaid who had allegedly been raped and murdered was found dead on a mattress with her hair pulled up around her head like "a halo", a court has heard.

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego police officer has been fatally shot and another was wounded, the police department said on Friday, adding one suspect was taken into custody.

OSWIECIM, Poland - Pope Francis has made an emotional and silent visit to the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, later saying many of the horrors committed are again happening in places at war today.

SAO PAULO - Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the former CEO of investment bank Grupo BTG Pactual SA will stand trial for obstruction of justice, documents from a federal court in Brasilia show.

WASHINGTON - The commander of US Central Command, General Joseph Votel, is rejecting claims by Turkish officials that he supported a failed coup attempt earlier this month.

ORLANDO - Florida authorities are reporting what is believed to be the first evidence of local Zika transmission in the continental United States, concluding that mosquitoes likely infected four people with the virus that can cause rare but serious birth defects.

PARIS - French police have detained a Syrian asylum seeker in connection with the Normandy church attack, as security services widened their investigation into the killing of an elderly priest at the altar by two would-be jihadists.

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