Obama rules out help from Assad on Syria strikes

Airstrikes against Islamic State militants, even if officially opposed by Syria as a violation of sovereignty, would put the U.S. and Syrian presidents on the same side of a war Obama has been loath to join.

Cease-fire holding between Israel, Hamas amid rejoicing

The open-ended cease-fire was intact after more than 50 days of fighting that left more than 2,200 people dead.

A surgery patient and star Jun Ji-hyun. (Shin Woong-jae for The Post; Getty)

Korea’s next pop hit: The face of a star

Korea’s pop-culture “wave” has brought it a new export: nips, tucks and other plastic surgeries for Chinese tourists.

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    Douglas McAuthur McCain, 2008 photo. (AP)

    Douglas McAuthur McCain, 2008 photo. (AP)

    The American life of the man who died for the Islamic State

    The few fragments available, trouble with the law, limited prospects, offer little explanation for his fatal choice.

    IMF chief Lagarde placed under formal investigation in France

    IMF chief Lagarde placed under formal investigation in France

    The probe, involving a $531 million payment, dates back to her days as finance minister.

    McDONNELL TRIAL 

    Former Va. governor insists he never promised favors in return for gifts

    Former Va. governor insists he never promised favors in return for gifts

    Robert McDonnell spent hours fending off skeptical questions
    in his final day on the stand.

    The nation’s top drug-control official
    is Michael. And he’s an alcoholic.

    The nation’s top drug-control official <br>is Michael. And he’s an alcoholic.

    Michael Botticelli’s story embodies the administration’s policy, a view that he credits with saving his life.

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    Muriel Bowser vows to undo
    D.C.’s school boundary overhaul

    Muriel Bowser vows to undo <br>D.C.’s school boundary overhaul

    The mayoral candidate said the city’s plan is “not ready” and would “exacerbate educational inequality.”

    Sports

    Nats come up short against Phillies

    Nats come up short against Phillies

    The defeat in Philadelphia marks the first time the Nats have lost consecutive games since Aug. 5.

    Lifestyle

    She let her son play in the rain. He never came back.

    She let her son play in the rain. He never came back.

    After Anna Whiston-Donaldson’s son died, she wrote a memoir about his death and her slow emergence from a cloud of shock and grief.

    Arts

    Labor Day is no picnic for Theater J artistic director

    Labor Day is no picnic for Theater J artistic director

    Ari Roth has spent the past 12 holidays at the Kennedy Center for the annual Page-to-Stage Festival.

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