UN RESUMES ARMS TALKS WITH IRAQ United Nations and Iraqi officials begin two weeks of arms talks today that Baghdad hopes will pave the way to lifting three years of sanctions that have cut off its vital oil exports. For the UN Special Commission, however, progress must include agreement to begin a long-term monitoring program to see that Iraq's arms industry stays dormant in the future. Negotiations in September and related October arms talks in Baghdad yielded considerable data the commission had been seeking on Iraq's nuclear, chemical, biological, and ballistic weapons, most of which have been destroyed or neutralized. But the UN says it needs more information and wants to begin the surveillance program. Rabin-Arafat summit

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chief Yasser Arafat will hold a second summit meeting next month in Cairo, an Arab-Israeli legislator said yesterday. The talks are aimed at working out the details for an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Gaza Strip and the West Bank town of Jericho under an Israeli-PLO accord signed in Washington in September. The talks broke down Nov. 2 in the Egyptian resort of Taba, raising concern that the pullout will not begin by Dec. 13, the date set by the Washington agreement. Russian restrictions

The Russian government has moved to tighten control over two vital areas credits to the state sector and over exports, a news agency reported yesterday. Both areas have been controversial, credit because reformers say the Central Bank fueled inflation by granting lavish loans to money-losing state enterprises and exports because of allegations of corruption. Under new rules, the prime minister would personally approve all credits and requests for exports would have to be submitted to the Council of Ministers. Sri Lanka fighting

Government troops broke the siege of a key base yesterday, rescuing 900 trapped comrades and ending the largest battle of Sri Lanka's 10-year civil war. Army officers said the four-day battle on the shore of Jaffna Lagoon cost almost 1,000 lives. Though the army regained the base, the rebel assault and the high number of military casualties proved that the rebels remain a disciplined conventional force. Cashing in on `Cosby'

In a blow to Hollywood studios, the big three networks reportedly will be allowed to own prime-time TV shows and access to the $5 billion market for syndicated television. Federal Judge Manuel Real in Los Angeles lifted a provision of an antitrust consent decree against ABC, CBS, and NBC that had prevented them from owning financial interests in most programs they show, The New York Times reported yesterday. As a result, new Federal Communications Commission regulations that give the networks much more freedom go into effect. Arkansas torandoes

At least two tornadoes touched down in Arkansas Saturday night, injuring ten people and causing damage to property. One twister hit the town Mena, 150 miles from Little Rock. A second tornado touched down about 35 miles southwest of Little Rock, damaging several homes. Notre Dame holds sway

Florida State didn't believe in the magic and mystique of Notre Dame. It does now. On the same field where Knute Rockne coached, Paul Hornung ran, and Joe Montana threw, the Fighting Irish added another chapter to their football lore Saturday by defeating a Florida State team many considered unbeatable. The victory, by a 31-24 margin, makes Notre Dame the favorite to win this year's football championship. H.R. Haldeman

Watergate conspirator H.R. ``Bob'' Haldeman was remembered by former President Nixon as a man of ``strength, integrity and courage.'' Haldeman died Friday after a short illness. The former chief of staff to Mr. Nixon served 18 months in prison for his role in the Watergate coverup. Before he was forced to resign the presidency over Watergate, Nixon refused Haldeman's request for a pardon. Their friendship was mended years later.

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