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McCarthy robbed at gunpoint at South African barbers

Former Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy has been robbed at gunpoint at a barber shop in South Africa.

McCarthy played at Blackburn for four years. Credit: PA

The ex-South Africa international was targeted in the shop in Johannesburg, where armed men stole jewellery from him, according to his agent.

Percy Adams said one man pointed a gun at McCarthy's face and demanded his watch, earrings and wedding ring.

Adams told Eyewitness News that McCarthy was not hurt and other customers were not targeted in the incident.

McCarthy, who won the 2004 Champions League with Porto, is South Africa's record goal-scorer and played in Spain and Portugal as well as England, where he also had a spell with West Ham.

South Africa goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed in an apparent house robbery near Johannesburg last year. Police are still investigating.


Germanwings co-pilot 'rehearsed' crashing plane into Alps

The Germanwings co-pilot thought to have deliberately caused the French Alps plane disaster "rehearsed" his plan on an earlier flight on the day of the crash, an accident report is expected to reveal.

All 150 people on the Airbus A320, including three Britons, were killed when it crashed while flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf on 24 March.

Andreas Lubitz has suffered from severe depression Credit: Reuters

An interim report from French air accident bureau the BEA will say that Andreas Lubitz practised reducing flight altitude on the outbound flight from Dusseldorf to Barcelona, according to German newspaper Bild.

Bild said the BEA report would talk about a "controlled descent that lasted for minutes and for which there was no aeronautical justification".

Lubitz, who had suffered from severe depression, had used the internet to research ways of committing suicide in the days leading up to the crash.

Obama approves relaunch of US-Cuba ferry services

For the first time in decades ferries will run between the United States and Cub after president Obama gave the service the green light.

The move potentially opens a new path for hundreds of thousands of people and a trade route of hundreds of millions of dollars in goods between Florida and Havana each year.

International cruise ships are regular visitors to cuba Credit: Reuters

Cuba's government has yet to comment on the news though and it is far from clear that it is willing or able to allow a major new channel for the movement of goods and people between the two countries which was closed after the 1959 revolution.

Baja Ferries, which operates a passenger service in Mexico, said it received a licence from the US Treasury Department and company lawyer Robert Muse said he believed other ferry service petitions had also been approved.

"I think it's a further indication of the seriousness of the Obama administration in normalising relations with Cuba," said Mr Muse, an expert on US law on Cuba.

"We're now going from the theoretical to the very specific."

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