Wall Street closes lower

Markets fall as US says Bashar al-Assad will be held accountable for alleged chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians.

United States stocks have closed sharply lower after Secretary of State John Kerry warned that the US would demand "accountability" after an "obscene" chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 63.97 points (0.43%) at 14,946.54.

The broad-market Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 6.71 (0.40%) to 1,656.79 and the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.22 (0.01%) to 3,657.57.

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