Around the world
HUNGER STRIKE: About 460 dissidents jailed for violent anti-government protests and national security law violations began a hunger strike Monday, a human rights group in Seoul, South Korea said. Outside the prisons, relatives started a weeklong sympathy campaign demanding the release of those imprisoned for political reasons during past military governments.LIONS ESCAPE: Three lions escaped from a defunct Australian wildlife park in outer Sydney on Monday, roaming suburbs and mauling a dog, before one was shot dead and the others rounded up, police and an animal welfare agency said. The lions escaped just before midnight on Monday from Bullen's Animal World and roamed for over two hours before a motorist raised the alarm.
ARRESTED: Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda has been arrested for the second time since announcing his political comeback in February and charged with addressing an illegal political meeting. Kaunda, 71, was released on bail and ordered to appear in court Friday, the Zambia News Agency said.
Across the nation
TYCOON REMEMBERED: Colleagues of J. Howard Marshall II said Sunday it would be a shame to remember the oil tycoon simply for his marriage at age 89 to 27-year-old model Anna Nicole Smith. "I learned a great many things from him," said Jay Grubb, who knew Marshall for 40 years and worked under him at Union Texas Petroleum. "He's done a number of wonderful things for a lot of people, a lot of companies, his government and the universities," he said. Marshall, who earlier this year suffered from pneumonia, died Saturday at Park Plaza Hospital in Houston. He was 90.
WILDFIRE: Deputies went door to door Monday warning residents of a desert community to be ready to evacuate as a brush fire moved in their direction. The fire had burned 24,000 acres of desert brush and by early Monday was four to five miles from the unincorporated community of Moron-go Valley.
REPORTS: Michael Jackson repeatedly lied on network television about an investigation into his alleged sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy, Vanity Fair reported, quoting sources. In its September issue out this week, the magazine also quotes unidentified sources as saying that photos of Jackson's genitalia match drawings made by the boy.