dw.de. “The tunnels under Gaza” - One of the main goals of Israel's ground offensive in Gaza is destroying the tunnels through which Hamas fighters make it to Israel. But the subterranean corridors have other purposes as well.
"EU backs words with actions on Russia sanctions" - For months, the EU looked on as Moscow destabilized Eastern Ukraine. But after the downing of MH17, Brussels had no choice but to impose economic sanctions against Russia, says DW's Bernd Riegert.
"Emergency shelters should be temporary, but they need long-lasting engineering" - How can emergency shelters provide refugees with more than just a tent? A German designer has developed a shelter system that offers a flexible space and a more dignified home under canvas.
interpretermag.com. “History of ‘Donetsk Republic’ Goes Back Almost a Decade” - Most commentaries assume that the Moscow-backed secessionist “ Donetsk Republic” arose in response to the Maidan at the end of last year and the beginning of this. Now, Sobkorr.ru reports an online group promoting that idea appeared on Russian VKontakte pages as early as 2008.
trend.az. “S&P: Kazakh KazMunaiGas rating unaffected by potential full acquisition of KMG EP” - Standard & Poor's ratings on Kazakh National Oil and Gas Company KazMunaiGas (KMG; corporate credit rating BBB-/Negative/--; Kazakh national scale rating kzAA/--/--) and KazMunaiGas Exploration Production (KMGEP; BBB-/Negative/--) are unchanged following the preliminary approach by KMG to the independent directors of its 63 percent owned subsidiary KMG EP about a possible offer to acquire the remaining outstanding shares in KMG EP, the rating agency said on July 30.
akipress.com. “Issyk-Kul lake ranks first among 10 summer resorts of post Soviet states for Russians - Forbes Kazakhstan” - Issyk-Kul lake was ranked first among 10 summer resorts of the former Soviet states for the Russians, according to the Forbes Kazakhstan.
ortcom.kz. “Kazakhstan produces 36.7 mn tons of oil in H1 2014: Minister” - Kazakhstan has produced 36.7 million tons of oil in the first half of 2014, minister of oil and gas Uzakbay Kurabalin said at the CCS media briefing.