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Nepal to play with Uzbekistan in AFC U23 Qualifiers tonight

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KATHMANDU — After crashing out of the first group stage match of the AFC U23 Championship Qualifiers after a 5-0 defeat against UAE, Nepal is under pressure to win against Uzbekistan in the second round being played at Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium in Al Ain in UAE at around 8:10 pm tonight (Nepali time).

Nepal has to win two matches including this one to enter the next round. Nepal is also under pressure to register a wide margin win against Lebanon in a third round being played on Wednesday.

So far Nepal which played a match is rendered without point while Uzbekistan, which played the same match, has three points with a 3-1 win against Lebanon on Saturday.

With this, Nepal is placed in third position while UAE tops the group with three points.

Likewise, Uzbekistan is placed in second position. Nepal is categorized into the group D alongside host UAE, Uzbekistan and Lebanon.

A total of 40 member associations of the Asian Football Confederation that are playing for the age group tournament to be held in China next year, are divided into 10 groups with four teams in each group.

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Air strikes cripple Syria chemical weapons program : US President

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WASHINGTON — United States President Donald Trump has said that missile attacks at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program a success.

He proclaimed on Twitter: “Mission accomplished,” echoing former President George W Bush, whose use of the same phrase in 2003 to describe the US invasion of Iraq was widely ridiculed as violence there dragged on for years.

“We believe that by hitting Barzeh, in particular, we’ve attacked the heart of the Syrian chemicals weapon program,” US Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said at the Pentagon.

The United States, France and Britain launched 105 missiles in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Syria a week ago, targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development center in Damascus’ Barzeh district and two installations near Homs.

Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s progress in the 7-year-old civil war.

The bombing was the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and his superpower ally Russia, but the three countries said the strikes were limited to Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities and not aimed at toppling Assad or intervening in the civil war.

The air attack, denounced by Damascus and its allies as an illegal act of aggression, was unlikely to alter the course of a multisided war that has killed at least half a million people.

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