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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Sun July 5, 2015

China Takes Steps To Halt Plunge In Stock Markets

An investor looks through stock information at a trading hall in a securities firm in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province, last week. Since mid-June, the main Shanghai Stock Index has lost 30 percent.
Zhao Yingquan Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 10:39 am

China's central bank will provide an injection of cash for the state-run margin finance company as the country's top brokerages pledge to go on a share-buying spree to prop up faltering markets that have lost a third of their value in less than a month.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Sun July 5, 2015

Russian Supply Capsule Successfully Docks With Space Station

The Soyuz-U space launch vehicle rocket carrying the Russian cargo ship Progress M-28M launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday. The Progress resupply capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday/
Sergai Savostyanov ITAR-TASS/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 12:14 pm

The International Space Station has just received a much-needed delivery, including some groceries, aboard a Russian capsule that successfully docked after three previous attempts to resupply the orbiting laboratory had failed.

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The Two-Way
8:04 am
Sun July 5, 2015

Greeks Decide The Fate Of Their Economy In Crucial Referendum

German Finance Minister Wolfang Schaeuble frowns on a pro-no poster opposite graffiti that reads "no" in German — but also sounds like "yes" in Greek. The photo was taken in Athens on Sunday.
Kay Nietfeld DPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 12:07 pm

Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET

As deeply divided Greeks go to the polls in a referendum that could determine whether the European Central Bank extends a crucial line of credit and the country remains in the eurozone, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has vowed to resign if they vote yes to bailout terms that the government opposes.

Final opinion polls gave the no vote a slight margin, with one estimating 49.5 percent in the yes column to 54.5 percent for no, and another survey standing at 45.5 percent and 50.5 percent, respectively, according to Reuters.

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The Salt
6:57 am
Sun July 5, 2015

Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

Dan Gray is a restaurateur and food blogger in Seoul, South Korea.
Elise Hu NPR

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 11:05 am

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, top chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: We go to Seoul, South Korea, to make banchan — those endless small plates of pickles and veggies that traditionally accompany rice or soup.

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Parallels
6:57 am
Sun July 5, 2015

Tunisia Seeks Its Way On A Winding, Bumpy Path

In Kairouan, Tunisia, Muslims visit the Great Mosque, one of the oldest and best-known mosques in North Africa. Tunisia has made more political progress than other Arab Spring countries, but it has suffered two major terror attacks in recent months.
Anadolu Agency Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 11:05 am

Editor's Note: An attacker opened fire on a beach in Tunisia and killed 38 people on June 26. NPR's Alice Fordham went to cover the story. She used to live in Tunisia and reflects on how the country's changed in recent years.

Two years ago, I first went to the town of Kairouan, one of the holiest sites in Islam. Tear gas drifted around the beautiful old stones of the Great Mosque and nervous police sheltered in small patches of shade. They were there preventing a rally by an Islamic extremist group who wanted to wave black flags and chant intolerant slogans.

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