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By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Turkey's prime minister dismissed on Monday any suggestion Ankara should apologize for downing a Russian warplane in its airspace last week, after winning strong NATO support for the right to defend itself. Six days after NATO member Turkey shot down the Russian bomber in the first known incident of its kind since the Cold War, calls for calm have gone largely unheeded as Ankara refuses to back down and Russia responds with sanctions. "No country should ask us to apologize," Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters following a meeting with NATO's secretary general at alliance headquarters in Brussels.
Pending home sales reversed two months of falls with a slight gain in October, as tight supplies keep a damper on home buying, the National Association of Realtors reported Monday. NAR's pending home sales index, which measures the pace of contract signings, rose 0.2 percent to 107.7, up 3.9 percent from a year ago though still nearly five points below the year's high. Buyer demand continues to be supported by low interest rates, but tight supplies are keeping prices for homes high and causing buyers to baulk, said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun.