Bashar al-Assad’s forces were behind sarin attack on Khan Sheikhun that killed more than 87, UN says, as US reaffirms Syria’s president’s rule must end

Bashar al-Assad’s forces are responsible for a deadly sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun that killed scores of people, UN investigators have said, as the United States renewed its warning that the Syrian president has no role in the country’s future.

The expert panel’s report and tough remarks by the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, overshadowed the announcement that UN-sponsored peace talks will resume next month.

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