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. Thursday's hearing could see the 64-year-old remanded in custody pending trial -- a decision that would in any case have automatically removed him from office under Guatemalan law.
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina prosecutor is expected to announce a decision on Thursday over whether to seek the death penalty in the June massacre of nine black worshippers at a Charleston church, local media reported. Dylann Roof, 21, who is white, has been charged in the murders of nine members of a Bible study group at Emanuel AME Church. Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson scheduled a news conference on Thursday regarding the case against Roof but gave no other details.
By Marton Dunai and Ece Toksabay BICSKE, Hungary/MUGLA, Turkey (Reuters) - Migrants forced from a train in Hungary scuffled with helmeted riot police and some clung to railway tracks on Thursday, as politicians across Europe struggled to respond to public opinion appalled by images of a drowned 3-year-old boy. France and Germany said European countries must be required to accept their shares of refugees, proposing what would potentially be the biggest change to the continent's asylum rules since World War Two. Europe's worst refugee crisis since the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s has strained the European Union's asylum system to breaking point, dividing its 28 nations and feeding the rise of right-wing populists.