Evening top 5: Over 70 dead in Afghanistan, Radiohead release new album and Canada fires continue

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Iconic British group Radiohead have released their new album - 'A Moon Shaped Pool' this evening.

The new album went on digital release at 7pm this evening and hard copies are expected to be available in record shops from June 17. 

This significant move is preceded by two recent releases of new singles that will feature on the album. On Tuesday, we had 'Burn The Witch,' which was followed by 'Daydreaming,' on Friday. A Moon Shaped Pool marks Radiohead’s ninth album to date and serves as the follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs.

Newstalk resident broadcaster Tom Dunne played the first national exclusive play of 'A Moon Shaped Pool' on his show tonight. 

Winds reaching speeds of up to 40mph are fanning a major blaze in Canada which could last for months if windfall does not arrive soon. 

The wildfire, which has already forced the evacuation of 88,000 people from the city of Fort McMurray, doubled in size yesterday to almost 500,000 acres. It is expected to become the costliest ever natural disasters in Canada. 

The blaze is now threatening the neighbouring province of Saskatchewan, though it is not expected to reach the border by the end of the day. Despite the lack of rainfall, there was a chance of rain and cooler temperatures later in the day.

The Safety Minister has warned that the situation is 'unpredictable and dangerous' and said that 'this remains a big, out of control, dangerous fire.'

73 people are dead and scores have been left injured after a fuel tanker and two buses collided on a major highway in Afghanistan this morning.

The crash happened on the main highway linking the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar. Records show that the buses were carrying a total of 125 passengers at the time.

It was initially reported that 52 people had died in the atrocity but the death toll has since increased to 73 with one ministry spokesperson claiming that 'most of them are completely burned.'

The buses were said to be travelling one behind the other on the highway when the accident took place, according to a top official at the provincial traffic department. Another source said he believes the crash was caused by reckless driving.

Three members of a fire brigade in Cork, suffered injuries to their hands and face after a barrel of liquid exploded at a fire they were fighting on Sunday morning.

It is believed that Garda technical experts are to conduct a forensic examination after the blaze broke out at a farm near Macroom in Co Cork.

The firefighters were outside the shed when the incident took place and were later transferred to Cork University Hospital to receive treatment for burn injuries. Two were later discharged, while the remaining member of the fire brigade suffered more serious burns and was kept at the hospital for further treatment.

Emergency services were alerted to the fire just before 12.55am on Sunday and members of the Macroom Fire Brigade were dispatched to the scene after 1am.

Waterford manager Derek McGrath feels that referee Diarmuid Kirwan made a mistake when awarding Clare a controversial last ditch free in today's Allianz League division one league final at Semple Stadium.

The free was awarded in the third minute of injury time moments after it looked Waterford's Jamie Barron had been fouled, with Tony Kelly pointing from long range to level the game before he won the game for Clare in the following play. 

The quickfire scores from 2013's Hurler of the Year completed a remarkable comeback for the Banner, as they claimed their first National League title since 1978.

However, not all who were watching the game thought it was a free, and McGrath felt the wrong decision was made. 

"I thought it was a mistake," he said when asked about the decision to not award a free for the foul on Barron.