Some analysts estimate the total margin-lending in the world's second-largest economy is $645 billion. As The Guardian noted last week, the falling share prices have triggered margin calls.
The unmanned Progress M-28M, carrying 2.5 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food and other supplies, linked up with the station two days after it launched aboard a Russian rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The referendum is on whether the country should accept a deal – including harsh austerity measures — that has technically been removed from the table by international lenders.
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.
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.
But how can you see their work?
You could buy a headset, but you might end up in virtual debt. Prices range from $200 to $500 for devices from big players like Oculus Rift, Sony and Samsung. And forking over that much cash is a problem since there's not a lot of content yet.
"You're in a store ... and here's all the head-mounted displays and then it costs $200 or $300. Why would you ever buy it when you don't know why you're buying it?
The project's creator is Frederic Brenner, a French photographer perhaps best known for his documentation of the global Jewish diaspora. And the result is "This Place," a photo exhibit now showing in Tel Aviv and coming to the U.S.
For Jim Souza, the president of Pyro Spectaculars, this is his art.
"The sky is the canvas," he says, lending another metaphor, "and fire's my paint."
Pyro Spectaculars has major street cred in the fireworks business.
"Really, science has not figured out what determines sexual motivation and sexual attraction.
The small newsroom's reporters have been working flat out for more than two weeks, since the first word of the attack started coming across the police scanner.
NPR's Peter Kenyon, reporting from Vienna, says progress is also being reported on sanctions relief for Tehran — but a deal has yet to be finalized.
"With cooperation from Iran, I think we can issue a report by the end of the year," Amano, the head of the U.N.
Stonie finished second last year but says he's been training hard for the rematch. Ultimately, he beat Chestnut by two hotdogs.
There's always interesting stuff in the news that gets overshadowed by the big stories. On Sound Effect we invite a panel a journalists to talk over their nominees for under-covered story of the week.
This week Alex Hudson of the news and politics blog Seattlish noted that even though the heat wave is all anyone can talk about, there are dimensions of it that haven't gotten the attention they deserve, such as the outsize hazard heat poses for homeless people.
"The city of Seattle has extreme weather plans that relate to cold weather, and there are no real plans that relate to hot weather," she says.
"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week we discuss growing pains.
President Beji Caid Essebsi's office says in a statement that he needed the powers that come with the declaration to more effectively deal with the threat from extremists.
As Reuters writes: "Tunisia's emergency law temporarily gives the government more executive flexibility, hands the army and police more authority, and restricts certain rights such as the right to public assembly."