Three people are charged in Germany for killing and causing an explosion by recklessness at a chemical park in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, in July. Seven people were killed and 31 others were injured.
The death toll from the severe floods in western Germany increases to 133. Ninety people died in Rhineland-Palatinate and 43 died in North Rhine-Westphalia. The death toll in Belgium also increases to 27.
A statue of former Soviet Union leader Vladimir Lenin is officially unveiled in the German city of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. It is first ever statue of a Soviet figure in the former West Germany. Despite strong opposition from local officials, the state court in Münster has blocked attempts to remove it.
Police shoot dead a Turkish man who tried to attack officers with a knife in the city of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Police say a search of the man's flat later did not suggest a terrorist motive and that he was mentally ill.
Voters in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia head to the polls, with the media suggesting a victory for Angela Merkel's CDU over the SPD, who have lead the state for all but five years since 1966.