The UN special envoy for Syria has estimated that 400,000 people have been killed throughout the past five years of civil war, urging major and regional powers to help to salvage a crumbling ceasefire.

Explaining that the death toll was based on his own estimate, Staffan de Mistura said on Friday that it was not an official UN statistic.

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A man infected with Zika virus in Puerto Rico has died from complications of the infection, health officials said Friday.

The man, in his 70s, died from internal bleeding caused by a rare immune reaction to the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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A Brooklyn woman who was pregnant when police slammed her to the ground, is now filing a lawsuit against the NYPD. The suit states that the take-down, which was caught on video, led to serious health complications, and forced her to give birth prematurely.

Sandra Amezquita, 44, had to have her labor induced on December 15th. That’s when she gave birth to her son Kevin Lemos at Lutheran Medical Center. This was a full month before her due date and doctors agree that the police were to blame.

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South African scientists have announced the world’s first successful penis transplant, helping a 21-year-old who suffered an amputation following a botched traditional circumcision three years ago.

Professor Andre van der Merwe, head of Stellenbosch University’s Division of Urology, announced details of the “ground-breaking” operation at Tygerberg Hospital in Bellville, Cape Town.

The nine-hour operation, which involved the attachment of a penis taken from a donor who had died, was carried out in December.

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At a remote research center on the Nebraska plains, scientists are using surgery and breeding techniques to re-engineer the farm animal to fit the needs of the 21st-century meat industry. The potential benefits are huge: animals that produce more offspring, yield more meat and cost less to raise.

There are, however, some complications.

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