Ukraine claims it has destroyed Russian military vehicles in the country’s east.

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, said his country’s armed forces had destroyed part of an armed convoy seen moving through a gap in a border fence on Thursday night.

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Spot the difference: In what seems to have become an annual summer event, David Cameron yesterday posed for photographs with his wife pointing at fish laid out in a Portuguese fish market.

• 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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“Female voters in the US have been called “soccer moms” and “security moms”. In 2004, single women were “Sex and the City voters”. Now – because apparently women can’t ever just be “citizens” or “voters”, or more likely because conservatives prefer to call us names instead of delving too deep into women’s issues – we are “Beyoncé voters”. Bow down, bitches.

Most single ladies would generally be thrilled with a comparison to Queen Bey in any way, shape or form, but the cutesy nicknames for politically-engaged women need to stop. Surely pundits and the political media culture can deal with the collective electoral power of the majority voting bloc in this country in some better way than symbolically calling us “sweetheart”, complete with head pat.”
Jessica Valenti: Nick-naming women ‘Beyoncé voters’ is exactly why we don’t vote Republican

Labour’s press team has accidentally offered everyone their own owl in what could be their most popular announcement yet. 

The party’s official account was hacked, tweeting “Everybody should have his own owl”. The tweet was quickly removed, and was replaced with a response that was slightly … laboured:

Meet the Ukrainian musicians soundtracking the unrest


How have Ukrainian musicians responded to their country’s unrest? Some sang at the barricades in Kiev’s Maidan square, while others stayed silent

"My role is as a singer," he says, "but if the Russians come, I will take up arms. Everyone will." Given his career as a purveyor of arty, intelligent pop, it’s a little like hearing Jarvis Cocker say he will be investing in a Kalashnikov. 

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Pictured: Dakh Daughters perform at Maidan square in Kiev. Photograph: Volodymyr Shuvayev

Ukraine military helicopter shot down by pro-Russia rebels over Slavyansk

A Ukrainian military helicopter has been shot down by rebels over Slavyansk amid heavy fighting around the insurgent-held city in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, said 14 people on board, including an army general, were killed when the helicopter was shot down on Thursday. He told the parliament in Kiev that rebels used a portable air defence missile to down the aircraft. Full story here

Nick Clegg: now is not the time for me to resign

A grim-faced Nick Clegg has made clear that he will resist calls to resign, saying the Liberal Democrat party he leads will not “buckle” or lose its nerve after a poor showing in the European elections. Full story