Fireworks light up the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of France’s Bastille Day celebrations. Watch the video here

It’s the first time in 12 years that fireworks have exploded from the Eiffel Tower. The French national day commemorates the beginning of the French revolution with the storming of the Bastille fortress and prison on 14 July 1789

• Michael Gove leaves education to become chief whip - follow live updates 

• Nicky Morgan becomes new education secretary (and is also minister for women and equalities - but voted against the legalisation of gay marriage). 

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Some Messi emotions


Sad Footballers highly recommends you check out “Lionel Messi is Sad” by our partners in crime over at Slate. It features a plethora of photos like this one: 


Please! Somebody — anybody — help cheer him up.

Wait, it looks like German chancellor Angela Merkel has stepped in to console him.


“Oh, you won the Golden Ball. How nice.


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The Home Office has suspended a passport official and ordered a disciplinary investigation after an employee subjected a gay father-of-two to a lengthy interrogation about his sexual history and the details of his adoptions in front of the man’s four-year-old son.

Randall Cole was last month questioned for half an hour about his sexual practices, including whether he had ever had sex with a woman, and forced to discuss the terms of the adoptions and his relationship with the biological mother. He was also asked whether his children were “confused” by their family – as the child sat on his lap.

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World Cup final 2014: Germany v Argentina – live 

Argentina’s Lucas Biglia heads away against Germany in the World Cup final. Photo: Matthias Schrader/AP

The UN Security Council has called for a ceasefire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict centered on Gaza.

A council statement approved on Saturday by all 15 members calls for de-escalation of the violence, restoration of calm and a resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at achieving a comprehensive peace agreement based on a two-state solution. Full story here

"A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Boyhood review – one of the great films of the decade

Boyhood is in touch with a simple, urgent truth: life is terrifyingly short. While our childhood in progress seems like an aeon, to our parents it flashes past in a dreamlike instant.

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The fashion photography of tomorrow

From eyes made of dim sum to extreme facepainting, the fashion photography of the future is bold, vibrant and often bizarre

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Youssef, 2005. Photograph: Daniel Riera

Tommy Ramone, the last original member from influential band, has died aged 62. 

The band, founded in New York in 1974, had a major influence on punk rock. Tommy Ramone was the last surviving member of its original lineup. He had reportedly been undergoing treatment for cancer. 

• RIP Tommy Ramone: your band captured the sound in my head

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