U.S. Secretary of State Kerry speaks about the situation in Syria at the State Department in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Catherine Bremer WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) – The United States made clear on Friday that it would punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the “brutal and flagrant” chemical weapons attack that it says killed more than 1,400 people in Damascus last week. “We can not accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale,” President Barack Obama told reporters at the White House. …

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