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Harsha Karunarathne

Harsha bows out in disappointing fashion

Sri Lanka was dealt with their first major dissapointment today (9th) at the Asian Junior Athletic Championship which is currently underway in Gifu, Japan. Junior athletes had two perfect opening days ending day one unbeaten and winning four medals on the second day. But the morning session of the second day didn’t quite go to plan with one of Sri Lanka’s

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Former US president Barack Obama (L) is greeted by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before the pair have lunch - POOL/AFP / Shizuo Kambayashi

Obama: N. Korea ‘real threat’, urges co-operation

North Korea poses a "real threat" whose solution will require international co-operation, former US President Barack Obama said Sunday on a visit to Japan. Obama also said the US needed to ensure there was a defence system in place to protect countries in the region from a potential attack from North Korean missiles. "North Korea is a real threat" and has developed a weapons programme and delivery system that "poses a significant threat not just to the region but to the whole world", Obama said in a speech in Tokyo. "So far, we haven't seen as much progress obviously as we would have liked. But the one thing that is very important to recognise is that individually, no country can solve this problem as effectively as if we all work together," Obama stressed. He said North Korea was "a country that is so far removed from the international norms and so disconnected with the rest of the world" that it was particularly difficult to put pressure on the isolated regime. Under the Obama administration, Washington pursued a policy of "strategic patience" towards the North in hopes that sanctions would bring Pyongyang to heel and force it to abandon its weapons ambitions. But during that time, a string of nuclear tests and missile launches amply demonstrated the ineffectiveness of the sanctions regime in addressing the issue. Obama is on a swing through Asia which has already taken in Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. He has largely avoided the limelight, playing golf with former prime minister John Key in New Zealand and offering parenting tips to the current leader Jacinda Ardern, who is pregnant. Later Sunday, Obama met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for lunch, sparking memories of their 2014 "sushi summit" when the American was still in the White House. Obama reportedly talked business and trade throughout the 2014 meal, which was supposed to be an informal opportunity for bonding between the two world leaders. The then-president emerged to tell waiting reporters "that's some good sushi right there" but reportedly ate only half of his Michelin-starred offerings. Asked after his speech on Sunday what he most missed about his time in office, Obama quipped: "I do sometimes miss Air Force One. That's a nice airplane -- especially when you fly across the Pacific." But he also revealed that he had to buy his own groceries in the White House. "You think you get to live for free but no, no! It's expensive being in the White House, I'll tell you."

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Will consider funds over loans- Shinzo Abe

Today is the third day of President Maithripala Sirisena’s state visit to Japan. The President is scheduled to hold talks with Sri Lankans residing in Japan. Yesterday the Head of State engaged in bilateral discussions with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. During bilateral talks the Japanese Prime Minister said he will work towards providing funds

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The iPhone X Is Now Available For Pre-Order

The iPhone X, the device TechCrunch is calling Apple’s best iPhone ever, is now available for pre-order. In case you’ve spent the last month living under a rock and missed the news — not to mention our review — the device represents quite a departure for Apple. For one thing, it priced from $1,000. Yes, that’s the entry-level cost. Design-wise there

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