Junior doctors in England went on strike again in their prolonged dispute with the government over new contracts covering weekend work. The walkout was the fifth this year but the first in which support was not provided for emergency care.
Aleksandar Vucic, the prime minister of Serbia, won another term in elections. He is likely to continue many of the reforms needed for Serbia to join the EU. But the bigger challenge is the economy, which last year grew by only 0.7%.
In Spain King Felipe announced that, after exhaustive talks following the country's inconclusive election in December, he had not been able to find a new prime minister. Instead it is likely that new elections will be held on June 26th. The polls indicate that the result may be the same.
The government of Norway launched an appeal against a court ruling that it had violated the human rights of Anders Breivik, a far-right extremist who killed 77 people in 2011. Mr. Breivik lives in a three-room cell with windows, a treadmill and a television.
A leading gay-rights activist in Bangladesh was hacked to death along with a friend. The prime minister blamed the killings on the opposition, but the local branch of al-Qaeda claimed responsibility. Two days earlier, Islamic State said it was behind a similar murder, of a professor of English. Four Bangladeshi liberals have now been murdered by Islamists this month.
India made an embarrassing diplomatic U-turn when it reneged on issuing a visa to Dolkun Isa, a peaceful Uighur activist whom China regards as a terrorist. The Indians had seemed ready to welcome Mr. Isa in a tit-for-tat measure: they were angry that China was reluctant to apply the terrorist label to a man they blame for actual terror attacks in India.
North Korea declared the launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine off its coast to be a “great success”. The rogue state's foreign minister said it would suspend its programme of nuclear tests if America ceased its joint military exercises with South Korea. Barack Obama refused.
Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court ruled that Australia's controversial detention camp for migrants on its Manus Island was illegal. The judges said the privately run camp, which houses around 850 men, breached PNG's constitutional guarantee of personal liberty. Australia said there would be no change in its policy.
Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince published what he called a “vision” for the kingdom in 2030. The plan aims to curb dependence on oil by boosting non-oil businesses, and to part-privatise Saudi Aramco in order to set up a huge sovereign-wealth fund that will invest at home and abroad. Prince Muhammad bin Salman also wants to raise the participation rate of women in the workplace from a paltry 22% now to a still-paltry 30% by 2030.
Hopes were tentatively raised that a durable peace might break out in South Sudan when the fledgling country's chief rebel, Riek Machar, returned to Juba, the capital, after more than two years away. Standing next to the president, Salva Kiir, with whom he has been in bitter dispute, he was sworn in as vice-president. A unity government was supposed to take shape within days.
In a rare conviction for corruption, a former member of a Nigerian state legislature was sentenced to 154 years in jail. But the judge ruled that he should serve his sentences concurrently for 77 crimes, including the embezzlement of around $7m, so he should be free in two years.