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NORTH KOREA'S KIM REAPPEARS Kim Jong Il, the reclusive heir-apparent to power in North Korea, appeared in public yesterday for the first time in nearly three months at a memorial service for his father. But the younger Kim apparently did not speak at the service and was identified by his old titles, indicating he has not yet formally assumed the positions of party leader and president held by his father, Kim Il Sung, who died in July. Kim Jong Il joined Army and ruling party leaders at the service, which marked the 100th day since his father's death, said the official Korean Central News Agency, monitored in Tokyo. Nuclear talks hit snag

Chief negotiators from the United States and North Korea attempted to mend fences in Geneva yesterday after talks to ease nuclear tensions hit a snag at the 11th hour. Talks broke off suddenly late Saturday, hours after hopes had been raised of an imminent settlement. It was not immediately clear what the problems were.

Pentagon chief in China

Defense Secretary William Perry arrived yesterday in Beijing, hoping to renew ties with China's military, but pledged also to raise contentious issues such as human rights and nuclear testing.

Denver teachers settle

Denver public-school teachers voted overwhelmingly Saturday night to approve a new contract, ending their five-day strike over salaries. Teacher union officials said that 94 percent of the 2,708 voters approved the two-year contract. The deal gives teachers a 2.15 percent salary increase for the first year, but lengthens their work year by 10 days, to 190 days. After the first year, salaries will be renegotiated. Italian labor protest

Labor union chiefs planned Saturday for another nationwide strike and a huge rally outside Premier Silvio Berlusconi's offices. The heads of Italy's three largest unions predicted they could bring 1 million people to an antigovernment march in Rome on Nov. 19, the day scheduled for an eight-hour general strike.

An estimated 3 million people joined strike marches Friday in the most significant protest so far against Mr. Berlusconi's economic reforms, which call for cuts in Italy's generous pension and welfare benefits.

Finns vote on EU

Finns voted yesterday on joining the European Union, launching a series of Nordic referendums that could enlarge the Union by millions of people.

Opinion polls show most Finnish voters in favor of membership. After the nonbinding referendum, the parliament will make a final decision. Meanwhile, on Saturday some 3,000 EU opponents marched in Stockholm, one month before a Swedish referendum on membership in the EU.

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