The Morning Top 5: Opportunity Naughton; Canada burns; and an election Down Under

The top stories this Sunday morning

Australians will go to the polls on 2 July after the longest election campaign in the country's history.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the election Down Under several months early after the country's upper house repeatedly blocked legislation.

On Sunday, Turnbull asked the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, to dissolve both the lower and upper houses of parliament. The economy, education and health are likely to dominate the campaign.

 

Women are being advised to watch out for the signs of ovarian cancer on World Ovarian Cancer Day.

Some 361 women are diagnosed with the disease in Ireland each year - and 266 women die from it.

It's the fourth most common female cancer in Ireland, but prognosis is poor compared to other forms of the disease.

 

Eight police officers have been killed by gunmen in Egypt.

The officers were travelling in a minivan in the Helwan district when they were ambushed, the ministry announced.

Gunmen blocked their path using a pick up truck and then sprayed the vehicle with automatic rifle fire.
It is not known who was responsible but Islamic State has killed hundreds of police in attacks, mostly in the Sinai peninsula.

The ministry said those killed included a lieutenant and seven lower ranking officers.

 

A wildfire that is raging across the province of Alberta is due to become Canada's costliest natural disaster later today, after becoming bigger than the size of County Cavan.

The blaze, which has forced the evacuation of 88,000 people from the city of Fort McMurray, doubled in size on Saturday to around 494,000 acres, according to firefighters.

The county of Cavan is 1,932 km2, or 477,400 acres.

  

The newly appointed Minister for Communications, Roscommon Galway TD Denis Naughten, says rural Ireland is his top priority.

Deputy Naughten’s portfolio also gives him responsibility for Climate Change and Natural Resources.

He’s the only Galway TD to be given a senior ministry in the new Cabinet.

 

 

London's new mayor Sadiq Khan, meanwhile, has described electoral tactics used by the Prime Minister as being "straight out of the Donald Trump playbook".

The former Labour frontbencher launched an attack on David Cameron and his opponent Zac Goldsmith over his rivals' attempts to paint him as a radical.

During the Mayoral campaign, which was run by Tory strategist Lynton Crosby, the Conservatives repeatedly said Mr Khan had questions to answer over his sharing a platform with so-called extremists.