asia.nikkei.com. “Moscow scurries to deflect blame for Malaysia Airlines crash” - Russian leaders asserted Monday that responsibility for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 lies with Ukraine, seeking to refute charges that pro-Russian rebels are to blame for the crash that claimed nearly 300 lives.
bbc.com. “Why bad news dominates the headlines” - Why are newspapers and TV broadcasts filled with disaster, corruption and incompetence? It may be because we’re drawn to depressing stories without realising, says psychologist Tom Stafford.
“In 60 seconds: What is Ebola?” - The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for "drastic action" to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed nearly 500 people. It is the world's largest outbreak in terms of cases, deaths and geographical spread.
al-jazeera.com. “Afghan leader's cousin killed in bomb attack” - Death of Hashmat Karzai, who managed presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani's campaign, poses threat to fragile stability. President Hamid Karzai's powerful cousin has been killed in a suicide-bomb attack at his home near the southern province of Kandahar, officials says.
“France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians” - France to welcome Christians fleeing the area controlled by Islamic State, expresses outrage at their persecution. France has said it is ready to welcome Christians fleeing the area of Iraq controlled by Islamic State group's fighters, saying it is "outraged" by their persecution.
ecns.cn. “Even running for several minutes daily reduces risk of death: study” - Even running for only a few minutes a day can significantly reduce a person's risk of death from cardiovascular disease, a new U.S. study said Monday. "Since time is one of the strongest barriers to participate in physical activity, the study may motivate more people to start running and continue to run as an attainable health goal for mortality benefits," said lead author Duck-chul Lee, assistant professor of the Iowa State University.
“Head of Kazakh consumer protection agency dismissed” - Bolatbek Kuandykov is relieved of his duties as chairman of the Kazakhstan Agency for Protection of Consumer's Rights, the Government's press service said.
“Rangers die in forest fire in Zhambyl rgn” - Strong winds and a heat wave drove forest fires in Merkenskiy district of the Zhambyl region this weekend. Two rangers went missing in a mountain gorge in Merkenskiy district on July 26 after struggling to bring a wildfire there under control.
inform.kz. “CSTO member-states begin Unbreakable Brotherhood'2014 war games in Kyrgyzstan” - CIS Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) begins a military exercise codenamed Unbreakable Brotherhood 2014 on Tuesday. It will be held on the Ala-Too drill range near Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, the press service of the Kyrgyzstani Defense Ministry said Tuesday. Armed Forces of all the member-states of the CSTO have committed their units to the exercise.