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Guatemala's parliament voted to sack President Otto Pérez Molina Thursday, forcing his resignation and immediate arrest for his suspected participation in an extensive corruption ring.

Like an ordinary felon, he will have to "answer to justice," the daily Publinews wrote on its front page. Publinews Guatemala and other Guatemalan dailies also showed the former president surrounded by police and questioned before being sent to a military prison in the capital Guatemala City.

The detainee told media outlets that he had no intention of fleeing, and his arrest was said to be for his security, not to prevent his flight. Pérez, a retired general who took office in 2012 with promises of stamping on the country's rampant crime, is accused of helping run a criminal web dubbed La Linea, which allegedly stole millions of dollars in customs dues that were meant to go to the federal treasury.

Dozens of officials were are believed to be involved, including former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who was jailed in May. Vice President Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre has become interim president, and the country is scheduled to hold new elections Sept. 6.

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Frozen In Time: A Rare Look At Life In Mariupol Under Russian Occupation

Russian occupation authorities promised to rebuild housing in Mariupol by winter, but in reality, thousands of people face the cold in largely destroyed houses and apartments. Mariupol residents told Vazhnyye Istorii about how they are surviving as winter falls.

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An apartment building damaged by shelling in Mariupol

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Russian troops shelled Mariupol for more than two months straight, and fully occupied it by May. The Kremlin needed the city to provide a land link to annexed Crimea. It is still unknown how many people have died in the city of approximately half a million people in peacetime.

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In May, Ukraine reported at least 25,000 dead but the number could be much higher. Many are buried under rubble or in mass graves, and countless others reported missing.

Up to 90% of high-rise buildings and 60% of private homes have been damaged or destroyed. Nevertheless, there are still about 100,000 people in the occupied city. Many of them have no electricity, heat, water, or sewage. People live without utilities, with tape covering broken windows, and are freezing in their homes in the absence of promised aid that Russia has failed to deliver.

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