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 US and EU appear set to impose new sanctions targeting Russia's financial, defense and energy sectors in response to the unrest in Ukraine. Negotiations will continue in Brussels on Tuesday.
A Los Angeles judge has tentatively approved the most expensive sale of an NBA basketball team in history. Co-owner Donald Sterling, at the helm for 33 years, had opposed the sale brokered by his estranged wife.
Fighting in eastern Ukraine has again prevented an international police team from reaching the site of the Malaysian airliner that crashed 11 days ago. Ukraine accuses rebels of tampering with forensic evidence.