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Lebanese security forces on Monday arrested the suspected killer of a woman employed at the UK embassy in Beirut and whose body was found at the weekend, an official said.
“It’s correct,” the senior security official said when asked about reports that the suspected killer of Rebecca Dykes had been arrested.
He said the Lebanese man was detained at dawn but would not provide further details on his identity, only adding that the investigation had established Dykes’ killing “was not politically motivated”.
The young British woman was found dead on Saturday evening, her body dumped on the side of an expressway north of Beirut and a piece of string tied around her neck, the same official had said on Sunday.
Another official on Sunday had said investigators were looking into reports she had been sexually assaulted.
Dykes worked at the Department for International Development (DFID) in Beirut.
Her family, the UK ambassador and DFID issued statements on Sunday expressing their shock but providing no further information.
Such crime is rare in the Lebanese capital, a city which is considered generally safe, including for tourists and foreign residents.
Mother, Son arrainged for killing alleged housebreaker.
A 45-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son have been arraigned for beating an alleged housebreaker to death in Butterworth, Eastern Cape.
Police confirmed they were investigating a murder after a 23-year-old housebreaker, identified as Solomzi Gcanca, was killed on Wednesday, June 19.
SAPS spokesperson, Capt Jackson Manatha said members of the community witnessed the [mother and son] beating the young man”
The man was found dead in the street by community members on Wednesday evening at Ext 14B, Mcubakazi township, Butterworth.
“The community was so angry that they wanted the woman and her son to be evicted from where they live. But we could not do that. Our job was to arrest them,”
The community was angry about what happened to Gcanca.
“The alleged killers took matters into their own hands by beating the man for breaking into their house. What they were supposed to do was come to the police,” he added.
Both suspects were expected to appear in court on Tuesday
Nato warn Russia to refrain New Missle plan
Source: Reuters – NATO urged Russia on Tuesday to destroy a new missile before an August deadline and save a treaty that keeps land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe or face a more determined alliance response in the region.
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NATO defense ministers will discuss on Wednesday their next steps if Moscow keeps the missile system that the United States says would allow short-notice nuclear attacks on Europe and break the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
“We call on Russia to take the responsible path, but we have seen no indication that Russia intends to do so,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference. “We will need to respond,” Stoltenberg said.
He declined to go into more details. But diplomats said defense ministers will consider more flights over Europe by U.S. warplanes capable of carrying nuclear warheads, more military training and the repositioning U.S. sea-based missiles.
The United States and its NATO allies want Russia to destroy its 9M729/SSC-8 nuclear-capable cruise missile system, which Moscow has so far refused to do. It denies any violations of the INF treaty, accusing Washington of seeking an arms race.
Without a deal, the United States has said it will withdraw from the INF treaty on Aug. 2, removing constraints on its own ability to develop nuclear-capable, medium-range missile.
The dispute has deepened a fissure in East-West ties that severely deteriorated after Russia’s seizure of Crimea and its involvement in Syria.
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