Guatemalan ex-president Otto Perez appeared in court Thursday over corruption allegations, hours after he resigned following unprecedented protests that have upended the political scene three days from elections. The conservative leader sent his resignation to Congress just before midnight Wednesday, after lawmakers voted unanimously to strip him of his presidential immunity -- a first in Guatemalan history. Guatemala's Congress accepted the president's resignation letter.
Harrowing pictures of a drowned Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach brought home the horror of the escalating refugee crisis Thursday as Europe was accused of letting the Mediterranean become a "cemetery" for migrants. Ugly scenes erupted meanwhile in Hungary as migrants refused to get off a train to be moved to a camp, prompting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to lash out at Germany over its handling of the spiralling situation. Europe remained deeply divided over the response to the worst crisis of its kind since World War II, despite the heartbreaking images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying dead in the surf after the boat taking his family to Greece sank.