This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) Iranian parliamentary speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani's perceived role in Iran arms scandal reviewed.
(Tehran, Iran: Bill Redeker) Rafsanjani's role in Ayatollah Khomeini's regime noted; scenes shown. [RAFSANJANI - (thru translator) discusses overtures of Secretary of State George Shultz's representative Charles Dunbar, accuses Robert McFarlane of lying about circumstances under which he traveled here last May; displays copy of Irish passport for McFarlane in name of Sean Devlin; claims arms deal was for purpose of freeing United States hostages in Lebanon; criticizes United States duplicity resulting in Iran's dealing with Israel.]
(DC: Bill Plante) Admin.'s response to Rafsanjani's allegations outlined; scenes shown. [Courtesy "Nightwatch", former NSC consultant Michael LEDEEN - questions Rafsanjani's credibility.] President Reagan's first mtg. with Tower commission which he appointed to investigate scandal described. Latest kidnappings in Beirut said include abductions of Americans Alan Steen, Jesse Turner and Robert Polhill; photos shown. [Press spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - notes Americans in Beirut are ignoring government's warnings to them; reiterates official United States position on terrorism.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Damascus, Syria: Doug Tunnell) Beirut Univ. student demonstration protesting weekend kidnappings of profs. Alan Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mithileshwar Singh described, shown. Kidnapping of 2 uniden. fors. immediately following demonstration reported Possible relationship of abductions to West Germany's recent arrest of accused Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) hijacker and to US arms sales to Iran considered. [Senator Claiborne PELL - accuses administration of encouraging kidnappings.] Islamic summit's opening in Kuwait today mentioned boycotted by Iran.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Kuwaiti news agency reported claiming Church of England envoy Terry Waite has been kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon; details given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Impact of latest Beirut, Lebanon, kidnappings on extradition of accused Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) hijacker Mohammed Hamadei from West Germany to US noted; photograph shown.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Possibility Nicaragua will release accused United States spy Sam Hall soon reported; details given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Implications for President Reagan's credibility in Iran arms scandal of results of latest CBS News-"New York Times" poll discussed; details outlined on screen.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Bruce Morton) Severe winter storm's impact on E. coast, especially DC, featured; details given, scenes shown. [PEOPLE - comment.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) "New York Times" and "Time" magazine noted now accepting ads for condoms.
(DC: Susan Spencer) Controversy over television and print advertising for condoms as precaution against AIDS rather than as contraceptive examined; details given, scenes shown. [Chronical Broadcasting president Francis MARTIN - considers issue one of public health.] [Courtesy Multi-Media Entertainment's "Donahue", Phil DONAHUE -discusses issue.] [WRLH-TV general manager Steven ENGELS - explains not running commercial.] Positions of NBC, CBS and ABC outlined on screen. [Representative Henry WAXMAN - criticizes networks' hypocrisy.] [TV Info. Ofc. spokesperson Robert MULHOLLAND -responds.] "Newsweek" ad mentioned, shown.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Philippines military reported seizing some television stations in Philippines; details given. President Corazon Aquino noted overruling military advisers and permitting anti-government march on palace.
(Manila, Philippines: David Jackson) Land reform protest here featured; details given, scenes shown. Last week's violence during same demonstration recalled; Aquino's impact on today's atmosphere described. [Executive secretary Joker ARROYO - acknowledges government's not in total control.] Controversy over military's apparent wiretapping of Aquino's phone conversations with constitutional commission discussed.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Memorial services along Florida coast for Challenger astronaut Christa McAuliffe and others described, shown. Astronauts' families' continued effort to cope and create living memorial featured; details given, scenes shown. [Claude ONIZUKA, Cheryl McNAIR, Dr. Charles RESNIK, Steve McAULIFFE, Marcia JARVIS, June SCOBEE, Jane SMITH - discuss tragedy's impact on them, desire to establish space learning ctrs. in astronauts' memories; praise NASA's new attitude.] Fin. settlements agreed to with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) by families of Scobee, Onizuka, Jarvis and McAuliffe and continued litigation of families of Smith, Resnik and McNair noted. [Onizuka's MOTHER - explains her method of surviving grief.]