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Smoke rises after strikes on Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) controlled Tell Rifaat town, northern Aleppo province, Syria October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Russia says moratorium on Aleppo airstrikes extended

By: Andrew Osborn and Lisa Barrington Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it would extend a moratorium on air strikes on Syria’s Aleppo into a ninth day, but a monitor and a civil defense official said that rebel-held parts of the divided city had been struck in recent days. Defence ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said Russian and Syrian planes had not even approached, let alone bombed, the devastated city since last Tuesday when Russia suspended air strikes ahead of a pause in hostilities. That moratorium on air strikes was being extended, Sergei Rudskoi, a defense ministry official, said separately on Tuesday,...

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ISIS areas in Iraq come under pressure

By: Heather Murdock Source: VOA News DEBAGA, IRAQ – When Peshmerga soldiers cut off ISIS’s supply route from Mosul to her village in Hawija, sugar prices suddenly shot up 30 times, according to Layla, a mother of three. She had survived two years of airstrikes and despotic rule from ISIS militants, but after a few months she ran out of food and money. She feared her children would starve. So, like many people in this crowded refugee camp, she paid an ISIS fighter $300 about two weeks ago to tell her where the mines surrounding the village were hidden, and look the other way while she escaped. “Recently, when ISIS catches someone trying to run away, they have beaten their feet until...

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Mystery planet may be tilting the entire solar system

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net The unusual orbit of the hypothetical ‘Planet 9’ could explain one of the mysteries of the Solar System – why the Sun appears to be tilted. A team of scientists has said the angular orbit of Planet 9 would influence the orbits of the rest the planets in the Solar System – creating the 6 degree tilt we see, IB Times reports. Planet 9, which is said to be about 10 times the size of Earth, has long been predicted to exist by scientists, but until recently there was no evidence for it. However, earlier this year a team at Caltech noticed several objects in the Kuiper Belt with unusual orbits. These unusual orbits could be explained by the...

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