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House sales in Turkey plunged by 20.2 percent in July, though many analysts have put the dip down to the effect of Ramadan and expect upward momentum through the rest of the year.
According to figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÃÄ°K), a total of 85,101 houses changed hands in July, marking a one-fifth decline from the same month last year.
TARTU - Serbia's junior women's volleyball team beat Slovenia 3-2 (25-23 17-25 24-26 25-17 15-12) in the final of the European championship in Estonia and Finland on Sunday and became the European champions.
This was Serbia's fourth attempt at the title, since they lost the finals in 2004, 2010 and 2012.
Turkey is about to enter a new stage of politics with the presidency of Prime Minister Tayyip ErdoÄan with Foreign Minister Ahmet DavutoÄlu as the next PM he preferred to see.
The pair highlighted Turkeyâs name in international politics over the last few years more than ever, but not necessarily always in the best way.
It is rather difficult for me to write about the new prime ministerial candidate, Ahmet DavutoÄlu, since he is a classmate from university years and an old friend. Despite the differences of political views that we had from the beginning, I have always regarded him as a very kind and valuable person. I remember him as a bright student in university classes and as a civilized person.
A very important week is starting for Turkey. The unprecedented era of two prime ministers and two presidents will come to an end with one of the presidents packing up and moving to Istanbul to become a well-paid pensioner, while the other will relinquish his helm on the prime ministry and move on to become the countryâs newly elected 12th president.
The absence of an international regime on climate change has enabled Turkey to enjoy a free ride on a development policy that is careless about emissions, according to an activist. âThe collapse of the EU process is also the reason why Turkey gives less emphasis to climate change,â says Ãmit Åahin.
According to fellow columnist Nuray Mert, âmillet,â a word used a lot by President-elect Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan, could mean âpeople.â That would make Turkey a Peopleâs Republic like China. Since I recently spent two weeks there, I can tell you that the two countries are actually quite similar.
Turkish officials roll up sleeves aganist the xenophobia toward 1.128 million Syrian refugees as the biometric registration of 740,000 Syrians is finalized Turkish officials have finally decided to take measures against growing xenophobia against Syrian refugees, issuing a joint statement that acknowledged the hostility toward the newcomers and vowing to fight discrimination.