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Father of Moroccan mercenary sentenced to death in Ukraine begs Putin for mercy

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The father of a Moroccan mercenary who was sentenced to death while fighting for Ukraine against Russia, has pleaded with Russian President Vladimir Putin to have mercy and spare his son.

The young Moroccan student, Brahim Saadoun, was sentenced to death on June 9 alongside two Britons, Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, by a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic after they were found guilty of “terrorism and trying to overturn constitutional order.”

They were however, given one month to appeal the sentence and could be executed as soon as early July if the appeals are rejected.

But the breakaway republic’s Foreign Minister, Nataliya Nikonorova, told Russian state TV on Monday that none of the three convicted men have filed appeals for pardons yet.

In an emotion laden message on Monday, Brahim’s father, Taher Saadoun, appealled to Putin to intervene “as a father” and spare his son from the firing squad.

“I want my son back, just like any other father would,” Taher told reporters in Rabat, the Moroccan capital, while also calling on Morocco’s government to enter into negotiations with Russia on behalf of his son.

Saadoun’s father also insisted that Brahim was not a mercenary as he was officially enlisted in Ukraine’s regular army.

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Rwanda begins massive recruitment of Zimbabwean teachers, over 450 shortlisted

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Following agreement between Rwanda and Zimbabwe, Rwanda has started massive recruitment of teachers from the South African country.

Rwanda agreed to hire tutors from the southern African country to cover a skills gap.

Zimbabwean government official in Harare, says 491 of its teachers have been shortlisted for interviews that will be conducted in the next few days.

Simon Masanga, who is Zimbabwe’s Public Service Ministry Permanent Secretary said Rwanda had requested more tutors to bridge a longstanding skills gaps and language barriers.

“We are recruiting competent education personnel to be employed in Rwanda on job position under four categories: basic education, basic TVET (technical and vocational education and training), polytechnic and universities,” Masanga said.

“The successful candidates are expected to travel to Rwanda in September after undergoing pre-departure training by a team of experts from Zimbabwe and the embassy of Rwanda to ensure adequate orientation and requisite information is imparted to the Zimbabwean nationals prior to their deployment,” Mr Masanga added.

Rwanda and Zimbabwe on Thursday December 23 signed an agreement where the latter will send 306 teachers to Kigali as part of the efforts to strengthen cooperation and partnership between the two countries.

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Nigerian woman goes berserk at US airport, opens fire on passengers

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A Nigerian woman identified as Portia Odufuwa, has been arrested by the Dallas Police in the United States after she went berserk at the Dallas Love Field Airport in Texas and opened fire at fellow travellers on arrival on Thursday.

According to Dallas Police Chief, Eddie Garcia, Odufuwa, on arrival from a trip, went into a rest room, changed her clothing and came out with a sub-machine gun and proceeded to fire at fellow travellers at random.

Garcia also confirmed that Odufuwa was shot “in the lower extremities” by a police officer attached to the airport before she was arrested and taken to a hospital where she has been placed in protective custody.

“Odufuwa was dropped off at the airport just before 11 am and appeared to change her clothes in a restroom before emerging and opening fire inside the airport.

“She was firing at random at fellow travellers before a police officer shot her in the lower extremities and arrested her,” Garcia said.

“It was unclear whom or what the suspect was aiming at when she fired as she was shooting at random. Luckily, no passenger was hit in the shooting spree,” he added.

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