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The National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday that used home sales across the United States fell 3.2 percent in July from June to an annual pace of 5.39 million units. Showing the tightness of the market, the median existing-home price in July, including single-family homes and multiple-home units, was $244,100, compared with the 2015 average of $222,400.
Turkish tanks and hundreds of opposition fighters thrust deep inside Syrian territory Wednesday in a lightning operation that within hours ousted Islamic State jihadists from a key Syrian border town. The air and ground offensive -- the most ambitious launched by Ankara in the Syria conflict -- made rapid progress towards Jarabulus with rebel fighters already proclaiming victory by the late afternoon just 14 hours after it started. "Jarabulus is completely liberated," Ahmad Othman, commander of the Sultan Mourad rebel group, told AFP from the scene, while another rebel spokesman said IS fighters had fled towards Al-Bab to the southwest.