After leader’s death, Taliban’s future uncertain

The official named to replace Mohammed Omar has vowed to keep the religious war going in a desperate bid to unify the increasingly fractured movement.

As GOP sets debate stage, party faces its own questions

THE TAKE | The crowded field needs a dose of reality: How can Republicans win votes in 2016 even as core conservatives stop identifying with party values?

Trump's campaign is long on flair and short on policies. (Getty)

The Trump platform: Because I said so

Donald Trump surged to the lead in the Republican presidential campaign using a showman’s flair and anti-immigrant and anti-Washington rhetoric, but without a policy platform of specifics.

Biden considers his future amid pressure to make a bid for president

Biden considers his future amid pressure to make a bid for president

Along with sympathy in the wake of his son’s death, the vice president is hearing calls to run.

Sanders endorsed by environmental group that sees Clinton ‘equivocating’

Sanders endorsed by environmental group that sees Clinton ‘equivocating’

Friends of the Earth cited the Vermont senator’s position on the Keystone XL pipeline in its decision.

Flow of jihadists into Syria dries up
as Turkey cracks down on the border

Flow of jihadists into Syria dries up <br>as Turkey cracks down on the border

Turkey’s government is taking a harsher stance against the Islamic State in neighboring Syria.

The nesting doll of border disputes resolved between India, Bangladesh

The nesting doll of border disputes resolved between India, Bangladesh

WORLDVIEWS | 50,000 people in scores of enclaves were surrounded on all sides by another country.

Local

Judge upholds 6½-year sentence for D.C. rabbi

Judge upholds 6<span>½</span>-year sentence for D.C. rabbi

Rabbi Barry Freundel’s term stands, with the judge saying he violated the trust of 52 people.

Sports

Bryce Harper ejected in 11th inning of a crucial game for arguing a called strike three

Bryce Harper ejected in 11th inning of a crucial game for arguing a called strike three

NATIONALS JOURNAL | “I’m sticking up for my team and myself at the same time. He was bad all night. I didn’t get up the next inning so nothing hurt.“

Technology

Scientists tested 30 Apple iPhone fitness apps for the quality of their workouts. Guess how many passed?

Scientists tested 30 Apple iPhone fitness apps for the quality of their workouts. Guess how many passed?

Researchers compared what the apps do against American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for physical activity.

Business

A turnaround specialist reshapes Computer Sciences Corp.

A turnaround specialist reshapes Computer Sciences Corp.

CSC, in turmoil when CEO Mike Lawrie arrived in 2012, is smaller, more focused and more profitable.

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