Around the world
ACCUSATION: Pakistan accused India on Monday of orchestrating the kidnapping of five western tourists held by Muslim militants in its troubled state of Kashmir. The Al-Faran group is demanding India free 15 jailed guerrillas in exchange for the five - an American, two Britons, a German and a Norwegian - captured July 4. Najmuddin Sheikh, the second-ranking official at Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, said Pakistan suspects India masterminded the kidnappings to tarnish the international image of Kashmiri militants and implicate Pakistan.
ASSURANCE: A high-level Chinese official told Taiwanese investors Monday that recent po-lit-i-cal tensions between China and the island should not affect the business climate. "No matter what happens, the rights and interests of Taiwan business people investing in the mainland will always be protected and will not be harmed," said Chen Yun-lin, deputy director of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office. He was quoted by the official Xinhua news agency.
ON TRIAL: An Israeli man has been on trial in secret for six weeks on charges of spying for an Arab country, security sources in Jerusalem said Monday. The sources reacted to a report in the Arabic-language London weekly Alwasat that was picked up by Israeli media Monday. The reports identified the man as Herzl Rad, a 31-year-old Jerusalem resident. Alwasat said Israeli agents kidnapped Rad in Turkey two months ago and flew him secretly to Israel for trial. The weekly said Rad had been spying for Libya.
Across the nation
CHARGED: The former H. Rap Brown, the 1960s civil rights revolutionary who once exhorted blacks to arm themselves because violence is "as American as cherry pie," has been charged in a shooting in Atlanta. Brown, who has taken the Muslim name Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, was arrested Monday after a man identified him as the shooter in a July 26 attack. He was charged with aggravated assault, carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a pistol without a license.
911 CALL: A man who cut himself while breaking into an apartment in Charleston, W.Va., bled so profusely that he called 911 from the crime scene, police said. Deputies found Jerry Wilson lying in a bedroom of Melinda Lanham's ground-floor apartment. Police said he cut himself breaking a front window Monday. No one was home at the time. Wilson, 19, was "covered with blood" from cuts on his right hand and above his left eye, said Deputy S.C. Crozier.
AWARD: A Los Angeles jury has awarded $15.9 million to 36 people who were beaten or arrested by deputy sheriffs who rushed a bridal shower in riot gear. Following a six-month trial and testimony from 110 witnesses, the jury issued its judgment against Los Angeles County on Monday. Individual awards ranged from $30,000 to nearly $3.9 million.
CUTTING BACK: Air Force Capt. Scott F. O'Grady, the F-16 pilot shot down over Bosnia two months ago, plans to leave active duty this fall and transfer to the Air Force Reserve. "All of this is positive," O'Grady said in a written statement issued Monday by the public affairs office at Air Force headquarters in the Pentagon. O'Grady, 29, said that as an Air Force reservist he will continue flying and will act as a "positive spokesman for the military." He said he will travel to schools around the country and attend "public affairs-recruiting events."
In other news
FORMER Columbia Pictures President David Begelman, whose admission to forging a $10,000 check scandalized Hollywood in 1977, was found dead, police said today. He apparently had shot himself. . . . A POWER failure blacked out cities on Puerto Rico's north coast Monday, leaving about 1.5 million people and hundreds of businesses without electricity. . . . THOMSON NEWSPAPERS CORP. has agreed to sell 12 of its U.S. daily newspapers to American Publishing Co. for an undisclosed price. . . . FORMER SOLDIERS demanding land and farm credits held some 600 government employees hostage for eight hours Monday in San Salvador, El Salvador. . . . A NEW YORK stockbroker was found dead and her publisher husband was arrested as a result of the couple's experimentation with heroin, their lawyer says.