Briefly: Human rights group reports on abuses in Mali

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Aggrey Adoli, the police chief on Kenya’s coast, said the guard died in the hospital while five people were receiving treatment for wounds from Tuesday night’s attack.

Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said they have arrested a hospital patient who they believe was involved in the attack.

In Tuesday’s other attack, one policeman was killed and four others were seriously wounded when the car they were traveling in was hit by a suspected roadside bomb at the world’s largest refugee camp, near the Kenyan-Somali border.

SOUTH AFRICA

Vietnamese man arrested with rhino horns

JOHANNESBURG — Police officers tipped off by an anonymous informer forced their way into a Johannesburg apartment where they found 10 rhinoceros horns and an elephant tusk and arrested a Vietnamese man, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

Spokesman Vish Naidoo said the man will appear Friday in court on charges that include illegal possession of rhino horn.

Rhino poaching in South Africa, home to most of the world’s rhinos, and across Africa has reached crisis levels. Major markets for the horn are China and Vietnam, where some believe it has medicinal qualities.

ZIMBABWE

U.S. vows to retain sanctions on Mugabe

JOHANNESBURG — The United States vowed Thursday to retain sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and dozens of top officials until there are signs of permanent political reforms.

“The U.S. continues to maintain sanctions on Zimbabwe and will do so until we believe that substantial and irreversible progress has been made in the implementation of the comprehensive peace agreement,” said Johnnie Carson, assistant secretary for African affairs, in a telephone news conference.

The United States slapped sanctions against more than 50 government, military and ruling party officials in protest over controversial elections and alleged human rights abuses by Mr. Mugabe’s government.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports

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