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Lesotho PM Refuses to Re-open Parliament — Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane will not re-open parliament as demanded by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), until a renegade army general is arrested and made to face justice, according to Thabo Thakalekoala, spokesperson for the prime minister.

South Africa’s 'Open Mosque' Admits Everyone, Including Critics — A Muslim academic in South Africa is ruffling feathers - and, he says, getting death threats - for his plan to open a mosque that will welcome gay worshipers and allow women to lead prayers. Mosque founder Taj Hargey says the Open Mosque, which opens Friday in Cape Town, is a way to fight what he says is a surge of radical Islam in Africa.
Sep 18, 2014

South Africa’s 'Open Mosque' Admits Everyone, Including Critics…

Liberian President Thanks Obama for Ebola Support — Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has thanked President Barack Obama and the American people for their additional offer to help Liberia and other West African countries combat the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. The World Health Organization says there are nearly 5,000 cases of the hemorrhagic fever-like illness in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, with Liberia being at the epicenter of the outbreak.

UNSC to Hold Emergency Ebola Meeting — The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Thursday on containing the spread of the Ebola virus, which has killed nearly 2,500 people in West Africa.The Council, which deals with threats to international peace and security, has previously discussed only one other public health crisis - HIV AIDS.

Afghan Election Talks Stall Over Release of Vote Results — Talks between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have stalled again, in part over when and how to release the final results of an election that both say was rigged by the other side, officials said on Wednesday.

Ivory Coast Battles to Keep Ebola Out — The billboard depicts a masked health worker in a biohazard suit looming over a bedridden patient. Above them, bright red letters warn commuters on a busy Abidjan street that "The Ebola risk is always there." As Ivory Coast campaigns to fend off an Ebola outbreak ravaging neighboring West African states, such grim reminders of the catastrophe unfolding across its western border are everywhere.