In an incident that was sold by German newspapers as evidence of the disrespect some politicians have for the unemployed, the deputy leader of the German state of Bremen poured sparkling wine over the head of a homeless man in an apparent joke that went wrong and which led to his eventual resignation. Peter Gloystein of the centre-right Christian Democrat Union (CDU) was caught on camera pouring a magnum of wine over the head of stunned Bremen local Udo Ölschläger at the launch of German wine week on Wednesday evening. Gloystein, Bremen state economy and culture minister, said late on Thursday he deeply regretted the incident and apologised to his victim. He said he had "misinterpreted" the situation but did not explain what he meant. The Bremen culture ministry confirmed later that Gloystein had resigned from his various posts.
The CEO of the French multinational oil company Total has died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport, according to Russian media reports. Christophe de Margerie was traveling in a private jet.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has postponed a visit to Serbia, amid political tensions between the two countries following violence at a football match. Nationalism on both sides is on the rise.
The Swiss photographer who captured some of the most iconic pictures of the 20th century, including portraits of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso, has died. Rene Burri was 81.