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Summary

  1. Welcome to your social buzz. Here you'll find details of stories making an impact across social media
  2. This is an editorial trial
  3. Iraq Inquiry and Oscar Pistorius' sentencing are dominating social media - we'll be looking at those and other trending topics

Live Reporting

By Paul Harrison

All times stated are UK

ICYMI: FWIW and bovvered 'smuggled' into Oxford English Dictionary

Lacey Turner as Stacey Slater Catherine Tate as Lauren doing a special sketch for 'Children in Need'
BBC

Butt-ugly, brass necks, budgie smugglers and listicles are some of many new entries to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

The latest dictionary update also includes the likes of "bovver", made famous by comedian Catherine Tate's teenage character Lauren.

Some internet slang acronyms such as FWIW (For What It's Worth) and ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) are added to the list.

More than 1,000 new words, and nearly 2,000 fully revised or expanded entries have been added to the dictionary.

The next OED update is due in September. 

Zimbabwe 'shuts down' in protest over economy

A money transfer office remains closed in Harare, Zimbabwe
Reuters

Zimbabwean civil servants have started a nationwide protest against the government’s unilateral decision to delay paying their salaries. The hashtags #ZimShutDown2016 and #ThisFlag are being used on Twitter and Facebook. 

A video posted on the Bulawayo 24 News Youtube channel - has activist Evan Mawarire urging his compatriots to keep off work and schools. 

A poster by #ThisFlag Citizens Movement which has been promoting the protests reads: "Shut Down Zimbabwe Wednesday 6 July 2016. Everyone stay at home in protest against the the government for allowing corruption, injustice and poverty". 

A Zimbabwean technology website, TechZim, carried a report this morning saying "WhatsApp is not working any more" on some specific networks but adds it is not clear why WhatsApp is the social media service that's down. 

Opposition Senator David Coltart (@DavidColtart) tweeted this morning "Report just in from #Harare - 95% of businesses in certain areas shut. Also appears as if regime has tried to shut down Whatsapp".

Russian embassy's reaction to the Iraq Inquiry

The Twitter account of the Russian Embassy in the UK, which is not averse to a bit of trolling and is sometimes the subject of it itself, has commented on the Chilcot Iraq War report.

#Chilcot inquiry: No real WMD in Baghdad, unjust & highly dangerous war. The entire region on the receiving end.

#Chilcot inquiry: No real WMD in Baghdad, unjust & highly dangerous war. The entire region on the receiving end.

Messi handed jail term for tax fraud

Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge Messi, sat in a courtroom in June 2016.
AFP
Lionel Messi in court with his father in June

Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, but he is likely to avoid jail.

His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a suspended jail term for the same offences. 

They could face millions of euros in fines for using tax havens to conceal earnings made from image rights.

Sentences of less than two years for first offences for non-violent crimes are suspended in Spain.

The Chilcot Iraq War report - a round-up

Sir John Chilcot delivering a summary of his report at a press conference in London
AFP

The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was "not a last resort," says Sir John Chilcot, chairman of the inquiry into the war.

You can read all the latest reactions to Sir John Chilcot's report here.

Terms such as Blair, Chilcot and Iraq are trending on social media in the last few hours.

Good morning from London

The BBC Newsroom
BBC

Hello,

It's a busy day in the newsroom.

Two stories are already making waves on social media. 

The long-awaited Chilcot Iraq War report is being published after seven years. South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend in 2013.

We will keep a close eye on ongoing developments in Zimbabwe.