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Australian man punches kangaroo in face to save dog in viral video

An Australian man sprang into action when a kangaroo wrapped its hands around his dog's throat, running toward it and punching it in the face in what is considered by some to be one of the most Australian videos to hit the internet yet.

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The short video, which has since gone viral, was posted to Facebook Saturday by a man who said he got it from his "buddy from Australia."

"The buck has hold of the dog and not the other way around," an animated Aussie announces as the dog and kangaroo come into focus. "The buck 'roo sees the odds stacking against him and tries to get the dog with its claws one last time."

The kangaroo lets go of the dog and the dog's owner squares up against it. He delivers a single punch to the kangaroo's face, shocking the 'roo before the animal hops away.

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The video was filmed in June during a boar hunting trip in Condobolin, New South Wales and included in a DVD compilation of the trip, reported.

The hunting trip was organized for Kailem Barwick, a 19-year-old who was dying of cancer, according to

Barwick died Dec. 2.

"It was a memory and part of the trip and gave us a great laugh after," hunt organizer Mathew Amor told on Sunday.

Armor told that his friend, zookeeper Greig Tonkins, hit the kangaroo after it grabbed his hunting dog, Max.

"The dog Max was fine, just startled because the kangaroo had a hold of him," Armor said, noting that the dog was wearing a chest plate meant to protect him from boar tusks at the time of the confrontation. "It was funny because the guy who did it is the most placid bloke."

Some people have questioned the punch was necessary. A spokesperson for Taronga Western Plains Zoo, where Tonkins works, told in a statement that the zoo is looking into Tonkins' actions.

"Good animal welfare and the protection of Australian wildlife are of the utmost importance to Taronga," the spokesperson said. "We are working with Mr Tonkins to understand the exact circumstances of the event and will consider any appropriate action."

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WATCH: Cat rescued after its paws froze to the ground

A cat found frozen to the ground has a second chance thanks to a quick-thinking couple.

A video posted to YouTube shows a couple comforting the cat whose paws and fur froze to the ground as it sought refuge under a car in Russia.

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The couple used warm water to gently free the cat from its frozen state.

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According to Mashable, the couple said the cat was able to walk later that evening and was adopted that week.

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'I'm too old for this' says great-grandmother who won $50M lottery prize

A Canadian woman from a small farming town was in disbelief when she learned last month that a lottery ticket she bought while grocery shopping was worth a whopping $50 million ($37.6 million USD).

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"For my family, it's going to help them out a lot," Lois Olson, 80, told the CBC. "For me, I'm too old for this. I would have liked to have won this 20 or 30 years ago."

Olsen lives in Irma, Alberta, a town with fewer than 500 residents, according to the Edmonton Journal.

"To give an idea of the scale … Olsen's winnings are about 38 times the yearly revenue of her town and 40 times its annual expenses," the newspaper reported.

Olsen bought a Lotto Max ticket on Nov. 11 at a co-op in Irma. The next day she returned to the store to check her numbers on a self-checking machine. She ended up calling a woman over to help her because she thought the machine might be broken.

"I put my ticket in, and pulled it out, and it looked like $50," she told the CBC. "I pulled it out and put it back in, and it looked like $500. Pulled it out and put it back in, and told the girl, 'I think there's something wrong with this machine. She comes around the corner and says, 'No, you just won $50 million."

For weeks after that, she did her best to stay anonymous – although word traveled fast in Irma. She picked up her winnings Tuesday.

"Money doesn't mean a whole bunch to me," she told the Journal, adding that she plans to spend some of the money on her four children, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. "I had hard times … maybe not now so much."

Some of the money will also go toward buying herself a new SUV to replace her 11-year-old car and, she said, perhaps toward a trip to Ireland.

World AIDS Day 2016: Officials push for testing, awareness

Officials worldwide are pushing for HIV/AIDS awareness, testing and treatment access as health officials mark World Aids Day on Thursday.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 36.7 million people across the globe are living with HIV/AIDS. The illnesses claim more than 1 million lives each year, the agency said.

However, the World Health Organization noted that in 2015 the epidemic claimed fewer lives than it had at any point in nearly two decades. Health officials credited the expanded use of antiretroviral therapy, which has brought the number of HIV-related deaths down by 45 percent since 2005.

"With access to treatment, people living with HIV are living longer. Investing in treatment is paying off," said Michel Sidibe, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAID), in a statement Thursday. "AIDS is not over, but it can be if we tailor the response to individual needs at particular times in life."

The agency is behind what's known as the "90-90-90" goals, which aim to raise the number of people who know their HIV status, get them treatment if needed and have that treatment be effective.

"The success we have achieved so far gives us hope for the future, but as we look ahead we must remember not to be complacent," Sidibe said. "We cannot stop now."

In America, health officials encouraged leaders to strengthen commitments to end HIV infections with the day's theme, "Leadership. Commitment. Impact."

"Thirty-five years ago the first documented cases of AIDS brought about an era of uncertainty, fear, and discrimination," President Barack Obama said Wednesday. "But in the decades since those first cases, with ingenuity, leadership, research, and historic investments in evidence-based practices, we have begun to move toward an era of resilience and hope -- and we are closer than ever to reaching an AIDS-free generation."

About 39,500 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States last year, health officials said. More than 1.2 million people are living with HIV – and about one in eight don't realize it.

Between 2005 and 2014, new HIV diagnoses fell by 19 percent, according to the CDC.

"We are winning against the AIDS epidemic, but we are not seeing progress everywhere," Sidibe said.

Health officials estimate that 2.1 million people are newly infected by HIV annually, a majority of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the large number, the World Health Organization said the number of new infections was at its lowest point in the last 25 years.

Countries are working toward goals set by UNAIDS. By 2020, the health organization aims for 90 percent of all people living with HIV to know their status, 90 percent of all people diagnosed with HIV infection to receive antiretroviral therapy and 90 percent of all people who are getting antiretroviral therapy to have viral suppression.

The push is credited with revving up global efforts to fight HIV. As of June 2016, 18.2 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy for HIV infection, up from the 7.5 million receiving treatment at the end of 2010, according to the CDC.

World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day recognized by officials. It was launched in 1988 and is held on Dec. 1 each year to increase awareness, show support to those living with HIV and remember those who have died.

7 things to know now: Trump's 'thank you tour'; recount begins ; Prince's estate

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Thank you tour: On Thursday, president-elect Donald Trump and vice president-elect Mike Pence will begin a swing of the states that gave them the win in Electoral College voting. Their first stop on the “thank you tour” will be in Cincinnati, but before heading to Ohio, Trump and Pence will be in Indiana where they will celebrate the decision by Carrier to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in the United States instead of moving them to Mexico. Trump had promised if he were to be elected that he would work to keep Carrier from moving the jobs out of the country.

2. Officer killed: A Tacoma, Wash., police officer was shot and killed late Wednesday after responding to a domestic violence call, officials said. The officer, who has not been identified, was shot by a man who barricaded himself in his home. As of early Thursday, the man had not surrendered.

3. Pelosi re-elected: Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was re-elected on Wednesday as House Minority Leader, fending off a challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio). The vote, held behind closed doors, was said to be 134 for Pelosi and 63 for Ryan. Ryan had called for a change in his party, saying Democrats needed to re-engage with disenfranchised black voters and to change their economic message.

4. Recount set to begin: The recount of Wisconsin’s presidential vote is expected to begin Thursday. Green Party candidate Jill Stein put up the $3.5 million on Tuesday to pay for the recount in all the state’s 72 counties. Hillary Clinton’s campaign is supporting Stein in the recount effort. Stein has also asked for a recount in Pennsylvania and is expected to request one in Michigan.

5. Drug could relieve cancer anxiety: A pair of studies of a drug called psilocybin suggests that it is effective in relieving anxiety and depression in cancer patients. The drug, a hallucinogenic, has been shown to lift the mood of patients in studies at two medical centers in the United States. Psilocybin, referred to as “magic mushroom,” is known to produce visions and “mystical experiences.” 

And one more

The pop icon Prince left an estate worth around $200 million when he died of a drug overdose in April, according to a new court filing. The assets come from his music catalog, his Paisley Park home and studio and unreleased music. Prince died without a will, so the estate will be divided between his sister and five half-siblings.

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$3M 'Fantasy Bra,' Lady Gaga rock Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Temperatures may be cooling down, but the catwalk sizzled at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

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This year's event, filmed Wednesday at Paris' Grand Palais, featured a $3 million "Fantasy Bra" worn by 25-year-old model Jasmine Tookes.

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"It is so beautiful," Tookes told The Associated Press. "It's covered in white diamonds and emeralds, and it has about 9,000 gemstones."

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Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd also performed as models such as Kendall Jenner, Alessandra Ambrosio and Irina Shayk – who E! recently reported is expecting her first child with Bradley Cooper – walked the runway.

The show airs at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT Dec. 5 on CBS.

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Trump dines with Romney in Manhattan; here’s what they ate; Romney talks about meeting

President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney met in a restaurant in New York City on Tuesday evening, presumably to talk about the possibility that Romney will be the next secretary of State.

And while political pundits are speculating on the conversation about the direction the country will go under Trump’s administration, the rest of us are, if social media is any indication, wondering what they ordered.

The man Trump chose for his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, joined Trump and Romney for dinner at Manhattan's Jean Georges Restaurant.

Here, via the transition team and according to pool reporters covering the president-elect, is what they ordered:

For appetizers, the men ordered a young garlic soup with thyme and sautéed frog legs, and diver scallops with caramelized cauliflower and caper-raisin emulsion.

Priebus and Trump ordered a prime sirloin with citrus glazed carrots for their main course. Romney chose lamb chops with a mushroom bolognese sauce. All three of the men had a chocolate cake for dessert.

Here’s Romney after the meeting. No mention of dessert.

Toddler wakes up, smiles days after doctors recommend taking her off life support

The parents of a 1-year-old girl in France say they are hopeful that their daughter will recover after a virus attacked her nervous system.

The girl, identified only as Marwa, of Marseilles, France, was taken to the hospital in September as she battled an aggressive virus.

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According to The Sun, doctors put her into a coma, but after months the girl receiving breathing assistance, they decided that there was nothing more they could do. They reportedly suggested taking her off life support.

The family launched a social media campaign to continue treatment. Ten days later, the family said Marwa shocked doctors by awakening on her own and smiling.

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Her father posted a video of his daughter’s smile to social media.

Marwa has a twin sister. Her parents remain hopeful that she will recover.

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