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US woman wanted over husband’s 2002 murder is arrested in Rome | World News



An American woman wanted over the 2002 murder of her husband in the US state of Michigan has been arrested in Rome after a multinational search, Italian police have said.

Roberto Caraballo was beaten and suffocated, and his body dumped in a blueberry patch.

His remains were so badly burned when they were found in a wooded area in Ottawa County days after his death that they were not identified for more than a decade.

The Papillo hotel is located on the northwest outskirts of Rome. Pic: Eaton County Sheriff's Department
The Papillo hotel. Pic: Eaton County Sheriff’s Department

It was only when police received an anonymous tip in 2015 that they were able to confirm the remains were of him.

Rome police said on Thursday that Beverly McCallum, 59, was detained after she and her teenage son checked into a hotel on the northwest outskirts of the Italian capital.

Hotels in the country are required to register guests in an online system linked to a police database.

In a statement, police said that process revealed McCallum had an Interpol arrest warrant against her.

The hotel, Papillo, which features Italian and European Union flags, is located in a shopping centre in an area overlooking Rome’s main ring road.

Staff confirmed she had been arrested there, and police said she was being held at the city’s Rebibbia prison.

US authorities had been seeking to extradite McCallum from Pakistan to stand trial over the killing of her husband after murder charges against her were announced last year.

McCallum was arrested at the Papillo hotel in Rome.  Pic: Eaton County Sheriff's Department
Beverly McCallum had an Interpol arrest warrant against her. Pic: Eaton County Sheriff’s Department

It is believed that after his death she had met a man from the South Asian country on the internet and had moved there after reportedly learning police were after her.

Murder charges were also brought against her daughter, Dineane Ducharme, and Christopher McMillan, while all three are also accused of conspiracy, disinterment and mutilation of a body.

McMillan, a friend of Ducharme – and of Great Rapids, Michigan – pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and had been expected to testify against the other two.

Ducharme was also in custody.

McMillan told investigators that the killing was planned and that a “test run” was performed beforehand, according to Michigan’s Eaton County Sheriff’s Detective James Maltby when he testified at a hearing last year.

Beverly McCallum was arrested after checking into the Papillo hotel in Rome. Pic: Eaton Country Sheriff's Department
Staff at the hotel confirmed McCallum had been arrested there. Pic: Eaton Country Sheriff’s Department

According to the Lansing State Journal, Maltby said McMillan told police that McCallum pushed Caraballo down the basement stairs of a home, then beat him with at least one hammer in an attack so vicious that it got lodged in his skull.

Maltby testified that McCallum wrapped a plastic bag around Caraballo’s head while he was still breathing.

He added that Ducharme, then aged 21, had told police that her mother had killed him and that she helped dispose of her stepfather’s body.

McCallum also has two younger daughters, who were nine and 11 at the time.

Maltby testified that McCallum brought the two younger girls with her when she burned Caraballo’s body.

He said one of the two younger children later questioned her mother about what happened, and said that McCallum told her she killed Caraballo in self-defence.

After the murder, Ducharme and her mother moved to Pasadena, Texas.

McCallum subsequently fled to Pakistan after learning that the investigation was progressing, said Maltby.

Rome police said McCallum’s teenage son was placed in custody by social services after his mother’s arrest.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s office said it was aware of the arrest.

A spokesperson said: “We have seen media reports of a US citizen arrested in Rome.

“Whenever a US citizen is arrested overseas, we stand ready to provide all appropriate consular services.

“Due to privacy considerations we have no further comment at this time.”

Calls to the US Embassy in Rome were not immediately answered.

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Brexit: UK and EU will ‘rip each other apart’ in talks, France predicts | Politics News



Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been warned that he will face a tough battle with the European Union in his efforts to secure a trade deal in the aftermath of Brexit.

France’s foreign minister Jean-Yves le Drian gave the prediction during the Munich Security Conference, as both sides prepare to begin negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the bloc.

Mr le Drian warned Mr Johnson that Brussels will defend its interests when talks formally open up next month, saying: “I think that on trade issues and the mechanism for future relations, which we are going to start on, we are going to rip each other apart.

“But that is part of negotiations, everyone will defend their own interests.”


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The UK’s chief negotiator David Frost is set to make it clear that Mr Johnson will walk away from talks with the EU, unless it drops what he calls its “ridiculous and unreasonable” demands.

Mr Frost is said to be travelling to Brussels on Monday to lay down his opening gambit, following a meeting of his 40-strong negotiating team last week.

Mr le Drian is a close ally of French President Emmanuel Macron, and is one of the latest major European voices to speak out about the tough road ahead for the UK.

Fishing will be high on the agenda during trade talks, and it is believed that Mr Macron wants EU fleets to keep their access to UK waters, in what is set to be a key demand in the negotiations.

However, Mr Johnson has said that the UK will take control of its fishing waters, acting as a “independent coastal state” once the Brexit transition period is over.

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The EU has sent repeated warnings to the UK ahead of talks, saying it should not expect to be able to carry enjoying “high quality” market access if it demands on moving away from the bloc’s existing social and environmental standards.

The new European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, told the European Parliament this week that Mr Johnson would have to accept a “level playing field” on rules and standards.

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Britons land in Sharm el Sheikh as 5-year flight restriction lifted | World News



One of the first flights from the UK to Sharm el Sheikh has landed after restrictions on flying to the Egyptian resort were lifted.

British tourists on the TUI flight from Gatwick were greeted by celebrations, with fire engines jetting water over the top of the aircraft and a reception featuring flowers, music and cocktails.

Flights between the UK and Sharm el Sheikh were halted in November 2015 after a bomb blew up on a Russian airliner shortly after take-off from Sharm el Sheikh airport, killing all 224 people on board.

Fire engines sprayed water over the plane
Fire engines sprayed water over the plane
Passengers were greeted with celebrations
Passengers were greeted with celebrations

The Department for Transport lifted the restrictions in October, saying there had been “improvements in security procedures” and “close co-operation between our aviation security experts and their Egyptian counterparts”.

The bombing had forced the UK to repatriate about 16,000 tourists in 2015 as the airport’s security procedures were considered high risk.

TUI, the UK’s biggest travel company, said last year it would be resuming flights to the Egyptian resort this month.

Rival company Easyjet also said it would be restarting flights to Sharm el Sheikh.

The airline said two flights a week would depart from Manchester from 7 June, while flights from Gatwick will begin on 30 September.

The ban had sparked a steep decline in UK visitors to the region, which had previously seen hundreds of thousands of British tourists each year.

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The plane bombing killed 224 people

Tourists were forced to either take multiple flights or a ferry from Hurghada to visit the Red Sea destination.

It was one of the factors which led to the collapse of airline Monarch in October 2017.

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Coronavirus: Americans start to leave cruise ship as Britons claim ‘we’ve been forgotten’ | World News



The US has evacuated some of its citizens from a cruise ship quarantined over coronavirus fears.

Two charter flights carrying some of the 380 Americans on board the Diamond Princess ship moored at Yokohama Port near Tokyo had left Japan for America on Sunday, the US State Department said.

Once back in the US, the repatriated passengers will have to spend another two weeks in quarantine at a US military facility.

Evacuated US passengers seen on a shuttle bus
Evacuated US passengers seen on a shuttle bus

US couple in quarantine on cruise chip in Japan

US couple to evacuate quarantined cruise ship

Of the 3,500 people on board the ship, 355 have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

One US couple, Cheryl and Paul Molesky, filmed themselves boarding the flight after being kept inside their cabin for 12 days.

“Well we’re exhausted but we’re on the plane and that’s a good feeling,” Mrs Molesky said.

Her husband added they had spent “five hours on the bus, waiting to get off the bus” before boarding the flight.

Canada, Hong Kong and Italy are also planning similar repatriation flights.

Meanwhile, Britons held on the ship have accused the UK government of “forgetting” about them.

In a video message, British passenger David Abel said: “Every country except the UK has become involved, and that is really wonderful for the people on board the ship.

British citizen David Abel is currently quarantined aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Japan

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“Every country except for the United Kingdom.

“It feels that we’ve been forgotten. That you don’t really care about us, and that you’re actually not wanting us to come home.”

Fellow Briton Alan Steele, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 and taken to hospital while celebrating his honeymoon on the cruise ship, said it was time for Boris Johnson to “get the Brits back”.

Mr Steele, who has since tested negative for the disease, posted on Facebook: “I think it is about time boris got the brits back to england as the japanese are being totally incompetent and do not realise you cannot keep ppl in solitary confinement for 28 days without damaging their mental health. [sic]

Alan Steele with his wife on their wedding day
Alan Steele with his wife on their wedding day

“What does WHO [World Health Organisation] have to say about this and I am sure cruel punishment like this has to be illegal.”

News agency PA understands that the UK government is considering a repatriation flight.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We sympathise with all those caught up in this extremely difficult situation.

“We are urgently considering all options to guarantee the health and safety of the British people on board the Diamond Princess, in line with the latest advice from the Chief Medical Officer and the World Health Organisation, and are working closely with the Japanese authorities and our international partners.

“Our staff in Tokyo, including the ambassador, have been in regular contact with the British passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess and we have also been speaking to families in the UK.”

Other passengers fear they may be kept in quarantine beyond the initial 19 February deadline, after Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz said the quarantine may be extended for guests who had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

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Ms Swartz said: “We also now understand the Japanese may handle a select group of guests differently, anyone who had close contact with a person who tested positive – such as a cabin mate – may have to restart their quarantine from the date their close contact ended.”

It comes as the death toll from COVID-19 hit more than 1,773, according to the Johns Hoskins Centre for Systems Science and Engineering.

So far there have been more than 71,000 suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19, with many of the cases concentrated in mainland China.

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