Brekky Wrap: Cat Survives Full Washing Machine Cycle After Owner Accidentally Shut Her In

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called the federal election for May 18.  Morrison met with Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove early this morning before making the announcement at a press conference.

"We live in the best country in the world, but to secure your future the road ahead depends on a strong economy," Morrison said, as five weeks of campaigning officially kicks off.

The Coalition appeared to launch into campaign mode last night with a social media video announcing the party's aims.

Opinion polls currently have the opposition ahead by an average of 54 - 47 on a two-party preferred basis, which, if translated at the polls, will see Bill Shorten governing with a comfortable majority in the House of Reps.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: AAP

A Tasmanian cat has survived a full washing cycle with no broken bones after she fell asleep in the machine and her owner didn't notice her before beginning the wash. According to a Facebook post from the Animal Medical Centre, Poppy the black and white cat was found by her distressed owner after a 30-minute cycle.

While Poppy was freezing cold, sore, and disoriented, she walked away with no broken bones and was able to go home after two days rest in the veterinary centre.

Scientists have captured the first-ever image of a black hole after an international effort to create a global 'virtual telescope'. The image captured the mysterious region defined by the hole's event horizon, the point beyond which nothing -- not even light -- can escape.

The black hole captured in the image is enormous in size, measuring 6.5 billion times larger than the sun and about 55 million light-years away.

The world's first image of a black hole. Source: CBS News.

The EU has called a summit to discuss the terms for Brexit's extension, with leaders divided over how long a term the UK should be entitled to. British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a postponement to June 30 but some EU leaders believe the UK should be granted a 'flextension' of nine to 12 months.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she favours an extension of "several months", stating that it was important to her that May had launched preparations for an EU election on May 23 -- a vote that some see as a virtual second referendum on Brexit.

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Israel Folau is once again testing the patience of Rugby Australia with an inflammatory Instagram post insulting a range of people. The three-time John Eales Medallist posted a meme that read: "WARNING: Drunks Homosexuals Adulterers Liars Fornicators Thieves Atheists Idolators, HELL AWAITS YOU. REPENT! ONLY JESUS SAVES" before adding a bible verse from Galatians.

Folau was warned but not sanctioned by Rugby Australia last year for a string of homophobic posts.

Israel Folau scores a try against England. Photo: AAP

Prince Harry and Oprah have announced that they are making a documentary series on mental health together. The Duke of Sussex made the announcement on his Instagram account on Wednesday night stating, "I truly believe that good mental health -- mental fitness -- is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self".

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Footage has captured the moment a utility pole fell and struck the car of a Seattle couple. The couple escaped with only minor injuries after the pole smashed through the front of their car.

READ MORE: Footage Captures The Moment A Utility Pole Fell On A Seattle Couple's Car

Camera footage captures the moment a utility pole struck a Seattle couple's car.