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GERMAN EXTREMIST IS ARRESTED

German authorities said yesterday they were holding a teenage right-wing extremist on suspicion of murder in a firebombing that killed a Turkish woman and two little girls. The firebombing last week was the most brutal of nearly 1,800 rightist attacks on foreigners this year. But despite a weekend of government pledges to crack down on extremists, young thugs set fire to a refugee home and the apartment of a Turkish family, police said yesterday. Violence in Sweden

Left-wing and right-wing extremists clashed in Stockholm Sunday, and police said they were bracing for more trouble on today's anniversary of the death of Charles XII, the warrior-king idolized by Swedish neo-Nazis. Panic for president?

Belgrade students Sunday nominated moderate Yugoslav Prime Minister Milan Panic to run for the Serbian presidency in an election Dec. 20, Panic's aides said. Mr. Panic would challenge hard-line Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic. Meanwhile, a regional truce kept the border with Croatia quiet yesterday but fighting convulsed other parts of Bosnia-Herzegovina. EC meets on immigration

Concerned about rising racial tensions and increasingly strained social services, European Community immigration ministers met yesterday to consider tightening immigration and asylum policies. The ministers also were trying to settle disagreements that are delaying a plan allowing free travel across all EC countries. British Cabinet uproar

British Home Secretary Kenneth Clarke yesterday dismissed speculation about a British Cabinet reshuffle after disclosures that Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont used public funds to settle part of a private legal bill. Mr. Lamont has insisted he will not quit over the affair and Prime Minister Major backs him.Khmer Rouge forms party

The Khmer Rouge guerrillas yesterday formed a new political party but indicated they still were unwilling to cooperate with the UN peacekeeping operation in Cambodia. The brutal guerrilla group, which had been calling itself the Democratic Kampuchea Party, will now be called the National Unity Party of Cambodia. Chinese visit to Vietnam

Premier Li Peng, the first Chinese leader to visit Hanoi in 21 years, arrived yesterday to discuss festering disputes between the two communist nations whose relations have veered between war and amity. Nuns' bodies recovered

Clergy and diplomats have recovered the bodies of three of the five Illinois nuns slain in the guerrilla siege of the Liberian capital of Monrovia, the US Embassy said yesterday. The remains were believed those of Shirley Kolmer, Agnes Mueller, and Kathleen McGuire, and of a Lebanese security guard. Peru-Venezuela dispute

A diplomatic dispute loomed yesterday between Venezuela and Peru after Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori granted political asylum to 93 Venezuelan rebel soldiers who participated in last week's bloody coup attempt. More than 170 people died and scores more were injured in the attempted putsch.

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