The Syrian city of Aleppo is devastated by mortar fire marking the end of the cesaefire on Saturday, Oct. 22. (Internet Photo)

Syrian Ceasefire Ends with Mortar Fire

The three day Russian backed ceasefire in Syria has come to an end at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening when Syrian regime forces unleashed mortar fire on the Mashhad neighborhood in east Aleppo.

According to CNN, the ceasefire was called for humanitarian purposes so that civilians and others could evacuate the city without fear of being bombed.

Thousands of families who tried to flee the city were reportedly stopped by Syrian rebel forces who used gunfire to disperse the citizens from the designated corridors assigned for the citizens’ evacuations.

Many rebels and residents who spoke to CNN respondents told them they would not leave their residences due to mistrust of the Syrian and Russian forces.

First woman to climb Mount Everest dies

Junko Tabei, the first woman to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest has died at the age of 77.

According to BBC, Tabei was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, she was pronounced dead at a hospital in Saitama, Japan.

Tabei first climbed Everest in 1975 at the age of 35, though she did not stop there. Tabei would go on to be the first woman to climb all seven of each continents highest peaks by 1992. These peaks include Kilimanjaro, Denali, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Carstensz Pyramid, Vinson and Everest.

Tabei’s last climb was last July where she climbed Mount Fuji accompanied by high school students who had been affected by the 2011 hurricane and tsunami in Japan.

Judge in El Chapo Case Shot While Jogging

Judge Vicente Bermúdez Zacarías, a Mexican federal judge who has tackled many high profile cartel cases, was gunned down in broad daylight while jogging near his home in Metepec on Monday, Oct. 17.

Security camera footage clearly captured the scene when a man dressed in black ran up behind Zacarías, shot him in the head and ran away. Zacarías was rushed to the hospital but passed away soon afterwards.

According to Vice News, Zacarías had a role in several cases involving well known Mexican drug traffickers including Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán the leader of the Sino- la drug cartel.

Zacarías is the first Mexican federal judge to be murdered in 10 years.