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Police appeal after city knifepoint robbery

Officers are appealing for information after a man was robbed of his wallet in the Cathays area of Cardiff on Wednesday night.

The attacked happened in the Cathays area of the city on Wednesday night. Credit: Google Street View

Police say the attacked happened on Northcote Lane at around 10.45pm and the victim was threatened by a male who was holding a knife. The suspect took the victim’s wallet before running off.

He's described as dark-skinned, 5’8’’tall, aged between 40-50, with a trimmed beard. He was wearing a long thigh length coat. He had what’s described as an Arabic accent and carried a knife with a 3-4 inch blade.

Man charged with murder over hotel death

A man has been charged over the murder of a woman whose body was found in a hotel room.

Sammy Almahri (left) was arrested in Tanzania following the death of Nadine Aburas (right). Credit: South Wales Police

Nadine Aburas, 28, was found dead at the Future Inn in Cardiff on New Year's Eve.

Sammy Almahri was arrested by police agencies in Tanzania at the end of January. He was extradited to the UK to be interviewed in connection with Ms Aburas's murder.

The 44-year-old US national made a brief appearance at Cardiff Magistrates' Court and made no plea before being remanded in custody.

South Wales Police said they were grateful to the Tanzanian authorities for their assistance in securing the arrest of Almahri and the Crown Prosecution Service for their part in ensuring a "prompt extradition".

Kenwyne Jones joins Bournemouth from Cardiff

Cardiff striker Kenwyne Jones has joined Championship rivals Bournemouth on loan, subject to international clearance.

Jones has also played for Sunderland and Stoke. Credit: PA

The spell will last the remaining seven games of the season, though will be extended until the 25th May should Bournemouth feature in the Championship Play-Off final that day.

The 30-year-old started the season in good form for the Bluebirds and hit double figures just after the turn of the year.

Jones will train with Eddie Howe’s squad for the first time next week following their return from a training camp in Dubai and could make his debut for The Cherries in the Good Friday fixture at Ipswich Town.

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Title sponsor named for Wales' World Half Marathon Championships

Cardiff University has been named as title sponsor of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff next year.

Many of the world's top distance runners will descend on the Welsh capital on March 26th 2016. Credit: Westgate Sports Agency

The race will be the highest profile athletics event to come to Wales since the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1958.

Many of the world's top distance runners will descend on the Welsh capital on March 26th 2016 to run ahead of a mass participation event on the same day.

25,000 amateur runners are expected to attempt the 13.1 mile course that is expected to see one of the fastest times of the year over the distance thanks to Cardiff's flat terrain.

“With one year to go we’re both thrilled and excited that Cardiff University has become title partner to this global sporting event. We recognise the respective contributions that our organisations make in creating a more active population and look forward to developing this shared vision. With television coverage expected in more than 100 countries, Cardiff 2016 will also enhance Cardiff University’s international profile and we look forward to working together to maximise this once-in–a-lifetime opportunity.”

– Matt Newman, CEO of the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships Organising Committee

Blues prop Jones completes move to Harlequins

Former Wales prop Adam Jones has completed his move from Cardiff Blues to Harlequins.

Jones retired from Test rugby earlier this year. Credit: PA

The 34-year-old, who retired from Test rugby earlier this season, won 95 caps for Wales during an international career that also saw him play in five Tests for the British and Irish Lions.

"I am really excited about this new challenge. I have enjoyed my year with the Blues, and I am thankful to the board and Mark Hammett (former Blues rugby director) for giving me a go...Contrary to media reports in Wales, I have had options here, but Harlequins is an ambitious and progressive club with good values. Everyone who is there, or who has been there, loves it."

– Adam Jones, Harlequins

Jones only moved to the Blues this season following an 11-year stint with the Ospreys.

Jones will join fellow new recruit - former Australia captain James Horwill - at the Twickenham Stoop next term, while Quins have also strongly been linked with a move for Wales centre Jamie Roberts, who currently plies his trade with French club Racing Metro.

"We are absolutely delighted to have secured Adam's services...Not only is it apparent that Adam wants to keep going for some time to come, but the work he will do in supporting and pushing our young tightheads Kyle Sinckler, Will Collier and Matt Shields will benefit us for years to come. He is a world-class prop, and we cannot wait to get him involved. I am sure he will become an instant hit with our supporters."

– Conor O'Shea, Harlequins Rugby Director
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