This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat reported addressing United Nations General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Reports introd.
(Geneva, Switzerland: Tom Fenton) Arafat's peace plan for Middle E. outlined on screen and discussed. [ARAFAT - (thru translator) appeals to Israel to make peace.] [Prime Min. Yitzhak SHAMIR - rejects Arafat's speech.] [ARAFAT - denies that United States officials read speech prior to his delivery of it.] Ambassador Vernon Walters shown dozing during speech.
(DC: Wyatt Andrews) Reagan administration's reaction to Arafat's speech examined. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN, President-elect George BUSH - say speech was ambiguous.] Arafat noted promising to comply with United States conds.; issues listed on screen. [REDMAN - comments.] Dipl. sources quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Palestinian shepherd reported attacking Jewish settler in occupied territories; details given. Death toll given since beginning of Palestinian uprising. Report introduced.
(Gaza, Israel: Bob Simon) Hospital in Gaza featured; details given, scenes shown. [Dr. Leila RICHARDS - comments on type of injuries she treats.] Israeli army's use of plastic bullets discussed. [Brigadier General Zvi POLEG - comments on injuries.] Doctors noted asserting that more children are being injured and killed. Case of child Mohammed Hassan noted; scenes shown. [RICHARDS - comments.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Latest death toll figs. given after Armenia, USSR , earthquake. Reports introd.
(Yerevan, USSR : Anthony Mason) Disorg. rescue effort in Armenia featured; details given, scenes shown. [United States rescue worker Mike TAMILLOW - comments on conds.] USSR press reported asserting that many survivors of earthquake have died of exposure. [Survivor Helen YEREMIAN - comments on ordeal and begs United States to help rescue those trapped beneath rubble.] Cost of cleanup noted.
(Yerevan, Armenia: Barry Petersen) Armenians shown protesting arrest of their leaders Earthquake noted highlighting USSR 's greatest problems; details given. [For. ministry spokesperson Gennady GERASIMOV - (thru translator) comments on USSR 's inefficient emergency operations.] Poor quality construction of bldgs. noted causing greater loss of life. USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev quoted with regard to construction scandal.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Dipls. from South Africa (R), Angola and Cuba shown signing agreement to end South Africa's white rule in Namibia in exchange for withdrawal of Cuban troops in Angola. South African foreign minister Roelof (Pik) Botha quoted with regard to agreement.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Commerce Department's balance of payments deficit figs. illus. Report introduced.
(NYC: Ray Brady) Econs. reported fearing that increase consumer spending will trigger rise in interest rates. [Econ. David JONES - comments on higher mortgage rates.] Retail sales figs. graphed. [Fin. analyst Susan LAKATOS - comments.] Expensive items noted selling well. [Auto dealer John MEGEL - comments.] [MAN - comments on spending.] Econs. quoted re: retailers' Christmas sales.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Pentagon officials quoted with regard to product delays of Stealth bomber; details given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) President advisory panel reported recommending pay raises for federal officials and members of Congress Report introduced.
(DC: Mark Phillips) [Commission on Federal Salaries chairperson Lloyd CUTLER - cites baseball players' inflated salaries as reason for proposed federal employment raises.] Cmsn.'s recommendations outlined on screen; President-elect George Bush mentioned. [Consumer advocate Ralph NADER - criticizes commission's reasons for pay increases] [MAN - comments on comparison of baseball to Congress] [National Insts. of Health Dr. Anthony FAUCI - comments on government competing with private ind.] President Reagan noted able to alter recommendations prior to their submission to Congress
(Studio: Dan Rather) North Carolina judge reported ordering assets of PTL ministries to be sold to Canadian busman. Stephen Mernick; details given, ex-minister Jim Bakker mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(NYC: Bruce Morton) United States response to earthquake in Armenia, USSR , featured; details given, scenes shown. [PEOPLE - comment on going to Armenia.] [Real estate developer John KNOTT - comments on helping raise money for Armenian housing.] Changing attitudes toward USSR featured; Joseph Stalin mentioned. USSR government's handling of Armenian crisis compared to Chernobyl nuclear accident. [Duke Univ. spokesperson Jerry HOUGH, Catholic Charities spokesperson Frank CARLIN - comment on impact of helping USSR .] During his visit to US, USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev recalled challenging world to unite in spirit. [KNOTT - says this situation is test for Gorbachev.]