France and US want to send Assad a 'strong message'

The French and US Presidents want to send Assad a "strong message" after a chemical attack in Syria left more than 1,000 dead, the French presidency said according to AFP.

Earlier a US intelligence report revealed that it assessed with "high confidence" that the Syrian regime carried out the attacks in the suburbs of Damascus earlier this month.

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Arab League backs UN action

The Arab League has called for United Nations and international measures against Syria over the recent chemical weapons gas attack.