This program is 28 minutes long
(Moscow: Peter Jennings) Opening of Communist party Central Committee meeting at which President Mikhail Gorbachev said party must give up its unchallenged right to rule featured; scenes shown from meeting and of yesterday's rally in Moscow. [In interview, Gorbachev adviser Nikolai SHISHLIN - says this plenum is a turning point in perestroika and that Gorbachev will get his way.]
(Moscow: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Moscow: Jim Laurie) Review of background to Gorbachev's bold political steps featured; details given of political events across the USSR that have led to need for reform now. [EXPERT - says political crisis exists.] [Several WOMEN - (thru translator) complain about conditions.] Impact of disintegration of Communist parties in Eastern Europe on Gorbachev noted. [EXPERT - talks about these transformations.]
(Moscow: Peter Jennings) Interview in Red Square with Soviet foreign ministry spokesman Gennady Gerasimov given. [GERASIMOV - talks about threat to Gorbachev from conservatives, need to change Soviet society.]
(Moscow: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Vilnius, Lithuania: Barrie Dunsmore) Push in Lithuania, USSR , for independence from Soviet system featured; scenes shown from capital city of Vilnius, Lithuania, USSR ; details given of upcoming parliament elections. [Reform movement Rita RAPKUS - says only Communist party dictatorship is holding USSR together.]
(Moscow: Peter Jennings) East German Prime Minister Hans Modrow reported appointing members of pro-democracy opposition to his cabinet; scenes shown from East Berlin.
(Moscow: Peter Jennings) Continued move toward multiparty democracy in Romania reported.
(Mike Lee) AIDS epidemic among children in Romania featured; details given of cover-up by government of Nicolae Ceausescu; scenes shown from children's ward in hospital. [Romanian Institution of Virology Dr. J.V. PATRASCU - talks about the outbreak.] Spread of AIDS in orphanages from contaminated needles and blood noted.
(Capetown: Ted Koppel) Report that Nelson Mandela is insisting on certain conditions prior to accepting release from South African prison detailed.
(Capetown: Richard Sergei) Response of both white extremists and white liberals to South African President F.W. de Klerk's moves for reform featured. [Conservative party Clive DERBY-LEWIS - says no one will benefit.] Militants' attack on British embassy after British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher expressed support for de Klerk noted; scenes shown. [Democratic party Tony LEON - talks about political power.]
(Capetown: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.
(Johannesburg: Don Kladstrup) Confrontation between whites and blacks featured; scenes shown of protest in Johannesburg that turned violent; details given of black criticism of South African President F.W. de Klerk. [United Democratic Front Popo MOLEFE - wonders if de Klerk intends real change.] [Black MAN - comments.]
(Capetown: Ted Koppel) Growing skepticism following weekend of optimism in wake of de Klerk's reform speech reiterated.
(New York: Diane Sawyer) Judge reported ordering former president Ronald Reagan to testify on videotape at Iran/Contra trial of John Poindexter.
(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.
(White House: Ann Compton) Response of environmentalists to President Bush's speech on global warming featured. [BUSH - says questions about the atmosphere remain to be answered.] [Association for Conservation of Energy Stewart BOYLE, National Audubon Society Brooks YEAGER - criticize Bush's stance.] Administration tug of war between White House Chief of Staff John Sununu and White House science advisers this weekend over issue noted. [Yesterday, on "This Week", SUNUNU - criticizes faceless bureaucrats on the environmental side.]
(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Charges in trial of Joseph Hazelwood for his role in oil spill from his ship, the Exxon Valdez, that damaged environment in Alaska reported; scenes shown from courtroom.
(Studio: Diane Sawyer) ABC report that Northwest is close to deal to buy out Pan American airlines detailed.
(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Arrest in Egypt of Palestinian who may have been involved in ambush of bus load of Israeli tourists reported; scenes shown; responses of Islamic Jihad, PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir to attack given.
(Moscow: Peter Jennings) Rising level of frustration in Moscow, USSR , featured; scenes shown from city streets; details given of people's criticism of President Mikhail Gorbachev, his reform efforts and economic shortages. [Two WOMEN, MAN - (thru translator) comment.] Building up of pressure on Gorbachev to go faster explained; protests marches shown. [MAN - (thru translator) says the economy is bankrupt.]