Islamic State failing to deliver promised ‘state’

Across the group’s territory in Iraq and Syria, a breakdown of services and deteriorating living conditions call into question its ability to govern and the sustainability of its ambition.

    Female vets fight ‘the second battle’: Sexual trauma

    Thousands of military-rape survivors have struggled to receive health-care treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

    (Susan Biddle/The Washington Post)

    Tales of the day after Christmas

    All that’s left of Christmas are the memories. And the mess. And the clutter. But mostly the memories? Seven Post writers ruminate.

    Local News

    D.C. Jewish-Muslim Christmas service event takes an unexpected turn

    D.C. Jewish-Muslim Christmas service event takes an unexpected turn

    An interfaith gathering turned out to be nearly all one faith, but the charitable mission was fulfilled.

    Weather sure to make you smile: Sunny, dry and highs in the 50s

    Weather sure to make you smile: Sunny, dry and highs in the 50s

    WEATHER GANG | Sunny skies are mild temps are expected to be with us until Sunday.

    Downtown Bethesda could become Montgomery’s first ‘green’ community

    Downtown Bethesda could become Montgomery’s first ‘green’ community

    Planning entire neighborhoods or communities around sustainability is a growing national trend.

    D.C. police probing fatal Christmas
    Eve shooting, wounding by officers

    D.C. police probing fatal Christmas <br>Eve shooting, wounding by officers

    A robbery suspect was killed and a carjacking suspect hurt in separate incidents on a violent D.C. day.

    Don’t worry: Scared Bao Bao has finally climbed down from the tree

    Don’t worry: Scared Bao Bao has finally climbed down from the tree

    One fan of the celebrity panda said she stayed up all night to keep an eye on the live cam.

    Moviegoers flock to theaters
    showing ‘The Interview’

    Moviegoers flock to theaters <br>showing ‘The Interview’

    Patrons changed their Christmas plans to see the comedy nearly yanked from the silver screen.

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    Obama: After 13 years in Afghanistan ‘we are safer’

    Obama: After 13 years in Afghanistan ‘we are safer’

    The president made his remarks at a Christmas dinner with troops at a Marine Corps base in Hawaii.

    Considering divorce? Is your spouse worth more? Better move to London.

    Considering divorce? Is your spouse worth more? Better move to London.

    High-profile break-ups and record settlements have made the city a magnet for non-breadwinners.

    XBox and Playstation video game networks still recovering from outage

    XBox and Playstation video game networks still recovering from outage

    Microsoft and Sony haven’t said why the networks went down, but a group of hackers have taken credit.

    Fast food consumption could be blunting schoolchildren’s brains

    Fast food consumption could be blunting schoolchildren’s brains

    WONKBLOG | A national study
    found a link between fast food and significant decreases in test scores.

    Politics

    Rising populist movement tries to shape the Democratic Party’s future

    Rising populist movement tries to shape the Democratic Party’s future

    The push to draft Elizabeth Warren displays the party’s fault lines, but will it change the party’s track?

    Real Estate

    Mortgage rates wander up slightly heading into holiday

    Mortgage rates wander up slightly heading into holiday

    The 30-year fixed-rate average edged up to 3.83 percent, but has remained below 4 percent for all but two weeks since October.

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