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Japanese Foreign Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi and Britain’s International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, signed the agreement in Tokyo.

Britain, Japan sign post-Brexit trade deal

Japan and Britain signed a free trade agreement on Friday that is to come into force at the end of the current post Brexit transition period.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said- “I strongly condemn the recent killings of civilians, including women and children in the North-West of Cameroon on 14 February 2020.”

British lawmakers write Commonwealth over killings in Nigeria

Thirteen members of the House of Lords, United Kingdom, have expressed concern over the killings by Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East and Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt region.

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Lagos by-elections: INEC cautions against vote buying, others

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday cautioned politicians against vote buying, food sharing and other activities capable of buying the conscience of voters at polling units duing Saturday’s Lagos East by-elections.
Napoli have officially renamed their stadium in memory of the late, great Diego Maradona. Originally named the Stadio San Paolo, after Saint Paul the Apostle, Napoli’s home stadium will henceforth be called the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Napoli stadium officially renamed ‘Stadio Diego Armando Maradona’

As announced in an official statement this afternoon, the stadium based in the neighbourhood of Fuorigrotta in the west end of the city will formally change its name from the ‘Stadio San Paolo’ to ‘Stadio Diego Armando Maradona’.
An Israeli firefighter stands outside the Church of All Nations next to the Garden of Gethsemane after a man tried to set a fire inside the Church in Jerusalem December 4, 2020. REUTERS-Ammar Awad

Jerusalem church suffers damage in arson near Garden of Gethsemane

Israeli police on Friday arrested a man for trying to set fire to an east Jerusalem church by the Garden of Gethsemane, the site revered by Christians as the place where Jesus prayed before he was crucified.
Former Minister of Defence, General Domkat Yah Bali, is dead. He was aged 80.

Ex-Defence minister Domkat Bali passes on

Bali, a respected general, was member of the highest decision making body of government during the military era in the 1980s. He was a member of the Supreme Military Council from 1984 to 1985 during the Major General Muhammadu Buhari military regime. Bali also served as member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council from 1985 to 1990 during the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.
Lebanese-french businessman Ziad Takieddine is accused of being an intermediary between former Libyan and French leaders.

Lebanon arrests businessman linked to former French president’s corruption case

Lebanese authorities have arrested a Lebanese French businessman who allegedly funnelled millions of euros from former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy during the latter’s 2007 election campaign, a judicial source said.