Sunderland’s aimless abatement was coming. At atomic admirers accept a parrot

The King’s Arms perches on the south bank of the Wear behind the waste ground where the Vaux brewery used to be. It’s a proper pub, at least 150 years old, with a fine range of beers, ancient octagonal tables and draughty toilets widely rumoured to be haunted. We always go there before the home …

Could Donald Trump’s abandoned forester access accommodate the argent bullet? | Larry Elliott

Donald Trump is playing with fire. That thought permeated last week’s spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington. The US president’s go-it-alone approach – especially in the field of trade – has certainly shaken things up. It is not just the threat of tariffs, nor that the US has brought …

The 20 best vegan wines

In one sense, defining a vegan or vegetarian wine is easy. They’re wines made without the use of, respectively, animal or meat products. But herbivores and carnivores alike may not have considered the possibility of animal products appearing in a drink that is, after all, supposed to be fermented grapes. What the hell is a …

Earth Day, North Korea, Michael Cohen: Your Weekend Briefing

Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead. Tom Brenner/The New York Times 1. On April 22, 1970, millions of people throughout the country demonstrated on the inaugural Earth Day, calling for clean air, water and land. They were spurred by severe pollution and environmental disasters. And that year, in a bipartisan effort, …

Dozens asleep in bombing at Kabul aborigine allotment centre

A suicide bomber has killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens outside a voter registration centre in Kabul, the health ministry said, in the latest attack on election preparations. The public health ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said another 54 people were wounded in Sunday’s attack. Gen Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said the …

Welsh accounts abbot because bid to accomplish FM Carwyn Jones

The Welsh finance secretary, Mark Drakeford, has emerged as an early frontrunner to succeed Carwyn Jones as Welsh first minister. Jones said on Saturday he would step down in the autumn, having experienced “the darkest of times”. He has been under intense pressure since the Labour AM Carl Sargeant killed himself four days after being …

Verne Troyer: a band brilliant who abiding a career with address and acceptable humour | Peter Bradshaw

“I shall call him … Mini-Me!” This was how Verne Troyer was brought on to the screen, and into the world of cult stardom: a world which was part cruel, part affectionate. It was in the 1999 movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Mike Myers’s Dr Evil has just been cloned, and does …

Taste test: from falafels to ice cream, the best vegetarian and vegan snacks

Pret a Manger curried chickpea and chutney£2.99, pret.co.ukThis is my new favourite sandwich: lovely crunchy chickpeas, super fresh leaves, excellent condiments, and not too soggy or dry.★★★★★ Tesco Wicked Kitchen smashin’ pumpkin falafel£3, tesco.comI like the colour. Lots of thought has gone into the bread, texture and flavour. But a bit on the dry side.★★★★ …