Ex-Saddam aide seeks to reshape Iraq’s Sunni insurgency against Shi’ite militia

April 11, 2016
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who had been the most senior aide to Saddam Hussein still on  the run in Iraq, has been captured in the town of Tikrit, Iraq's defence ministry said on September 5, 2004. The ministry said Ibrahim was captured by members of - RTRA14W

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who had been the most senior aide to Saddam Hussein still on the run in Iraq, has been captured in the town of Tikrit, Iraq’s defence ministry said on September 5, 2004. The ministry said Ibrahim was captured by members of – RTRA14W

Fireworks blaze at Hindu temple in India’s Kerala state kills 108

April 11, 2016
People gather around a damaged section of a temple after a fire broke out at a temple in Kollam in the southern state of Kerala, India, April 10, 2016. A huge fire swept through a temple in India's southern Kerala state early on Sunday (April 10), killing nearly 80 people and injuring over 200 gathered for a fireworks display to mark the start of the local Hindu new year. REUTERS/Sivaram V      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX299XY

(People gather around a damaged section of a temple after a fire broke out at a temple in Kollam in the southern state of Kerala, India, April 10, 2016. REUTERS/Sivaram V)

U.S. Catholics welcome Pope Francis’s love treatise but want clarity

April 9, 2016
Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of a Jubilee mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, April 3, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of a Jubilee mass in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, April 3, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Archbishop of Canterbury Welby learns his father was Churchill’s secretary

April 9, 2016
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrives at the Cathedral Church of Holy Trinity in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Evrard Ngendakumana

(The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrives at the Cathedral Church of Holy Trinity in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Evrard Ngendakumana)

Liberal Bangladeshi blogger killed by machete-wielding attackers

April 8, 2016
Protesters march in Dhaka on November 3, 2015 during a six-hour-long general strike. The strike was held in response to the recent murder of Faysal Arefin, a publisher of books by critics of religious militancy in Bangladesh, as well as the murders of secularist writers in Bangladesh in recent years. REUTERS/Ashikur Rahman - RTX1UIBN

(Protesters march in Dhaka on November 3, 2015 in response to the murders of secularist writers in Bangladesh in recent years. REUTERS/Ashikur Rahman)

In Switzerland, a handshake wakes cultural clash

April 8, 2016
Swiss Muslims pray in front of the house of parliament during a demonstration in Berne, February 11, 2006. The protesters staged a demonstration on Saturday to protest against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad printed by Danish and European media. - RTXO8GE

(Swiss Muslims pray in front of the house of parliament during a demonstration in Berne, February 11, 2006. REUTERS)

A pint or a prayer? Monks in Japan put Buddhism on the menu

April 8, 2016
Shokyo Miura, a Buddhist monk and one of the on-site priests, carries cups of coffee past a statue of Buddha at Tera Cafe in Tokyo, Japan, April 1, 2016. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

(Shokyo Miura, a Buddhist monk and one of the on-site priests, carries cups of coffee past a statue of Buddha at Tera Cafe in Tokyo, Japan, April 1, 2016. REUTERS/Yuya Shino)

Bernie Sanders accepts Vatican invitation, hopes to meet Pope Francis

April 8, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders waits to talk to reporters in New York City April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

(U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders waits to talk to reporters in New York City April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Pope Francis calls for compassionate Church open to ‘imperfect’ Catholics

April 8, 2016
Pope Francis arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

(Pope Francis arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

from The Great Debate:

Reaping as they sowed: How the culture wars are smiting the GOP

April 8, 2016

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In 2004, Republicans viewed the specter of gay marriage as a political gift from the gods.