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.★★★★ …

Leinster yield Ireland’s advance on European rugby to new heights | Michael Aylwin

The grip of the Irish on European rugby tightens ever more mercilessly. Ireland won the grand slam on the back of scorelines that did not quite reflect their dominance, but the opposition are now starting to unravel as that dominance deepens. The Scarlets had the last word, Tadhg Beirne, schooled by Leinster, galloping home before …

Pochettino’s success at Tottenham cannot be advised on trophies abandoned | Jonathan Wilson

It feels as though Mauricio Pochettino’s career at Tottenham has been a battle with the club’s essential nature, with the need to end the curse of Spursiness. Spurs had this game in the bag, then they did not and the result was yet another semi-final defeat. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Pochettino’s reign is …