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Turkey launched a major diplomatic charm offensive Monday, reaching out a conciliatory hand to Russia and hailing a deal to restore ties with Israel as it looks to boost its neighbourhood clout. The Kremlin said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had apologised to his counterpart Vladimir Putin over the downing of a Russian military jet in Syria last November, which shattered ties between the two nations. Just hours earlier, the prime ministers of Turkey and Israel had revealed details of an agreement ending six years of acrimony following a commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that left 10 Turkish activists dead.
Wimbledon heavyweight champions Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were overshadowed by a new British hero on Monday in the stocky frame of world number 706 and old folks tennis coach Marcus Willis. World number one Djokovic cruised to an easy 6-0, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 victory over Britain's James Ward, comfortably demonstrating why his recent French Open triumph allowed him to pass the $100 million prize money barrier. The fairytale continues with an unlikely match-up against seven-time champion Federer and a guaranteed £50,000 ($66,000).