The Evening Top 5: Tony Blair apologies for Iraq War, Oscar Pistorius sentenced to six years in prison

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"The intelligence assessments made at the time of going to war turned out to be wrong" - Blair responds to Chilcot findings

Tony Blair has said he will never accept that servicemen who were killed or injured in the Iraq War made their sacrifice in vain.

In the wake of the Chilcot Report, he described the decision to launch military action as the "the hardest, most momentous and agonising decision I took in my 10 years as British prime minister".

Mr Blair's voice broke as he admitted at a news conference: "The intelligence assessments made at the time of going to war turned out to be wrong, the aftermath turned out to be more hostile, protracted and bloody than ever we imagined. I express more sorrow, regrets and apology than you may ever know or can believe."

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years for murder of Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at their home in 2013.

The disgraced Paralympian could have faced a life sentence after the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned his manslaughter conviction and found him guilty of murder.

However, his sentence is considerably less than the minimum jail term of 15 years for murder under South African law.

WATCH: The wife of man slain by American police fights back tears while calling for justice

Quinyetta McMillan, wife of Alton Sterling who was shot and killed by police earlier this week, read out a statement to local media asking for justice against those who killed her husband.

She was surrounded by supporters and the couple’s 15-year-old son, Cameron, who broke down in tears while calling out for his father.

The entire speech can be watched below, which includes McMillan stating: “This is the image of a man who simply tried to earn a living. With that said, the individuals involved in his murder took away a man with children who depended on their daddy on a daily basis. As a mother, I have now been forced to raise a son who is going to remember what happened to his father. That I can’t take away from him. He is at an age of understanding, I hurt more for him and his loss. As a parent, one of the greatest fears is to see your child hurt and know there’s nothing you can do about it."

WATCH: Touching scenes as Wales fans meet Gary Speed's father in France

As Wales move within 90 minutes of a place in the Euro 2016 final, the late Gary Speed has been in many people's thoughts.

The former Wales, Everton, Newcastle and Leeds midfielder was Welsh manager before current incumbent Chris Coleman and is credited with sparking Wales' improvement - a journey which has now culminated in a famous Euro 2016 adventure.

Speed tragically passed away in 2011 at the age of 42.

After Jesse Williams' awards speech went viral, opposing online petitions go to war over him

Actor and activist Jesse Williams made global headlines last month when his acceptance speech made at the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards was widely shared across the Internet. The Grey’s Anatomy star was accepting a humanitarian prize and delivered a speech that expressed major concerns over the treatment of African American communities by the police, political pundits, the media, and everyone in between.

But despite his rhetoric receiving widespread praise, now he has become the focal point of opposing Change.org petitions.