This program is 26 minutes long
(Studio: Bob Franken) Report introduced.
(Bethlehem: Jerrold Kessel) The first Christmas under self-rule for the town of Bethlehem, West Bank, featured; scenes shown from the traditional Christmas procession through Manager Square and of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat at the festivities. [PALESTINIAN (thru translator) - comments on the Christian holiday.] [Suha ARAFAT, Bethlehem mayor Elias FREIJ, PEOPLE - comment on Christmas in Bethlehem.]
(Studio: Denise Dillon) Midnight Mass at Vatican City, led by Pope John Paul II, shown.
(Studio: Bob Franken) A Christmas message to United States troops in Bosnia from President Clinton shown. [CLINTON - talks about peace and the importance of the mission to the world.] The release of the wife of House Speaker Newt Gingrich's press secretary Linda Davis, from going on active duty in Bosnia noted.
(Tuzla: Jackie Shymanski) Christmas for the American soldiers in Bosnia featured; scenes shown from a prayer meeting in Tuzla, Bosnia and of Santa Claus being frisked for weapons. [US soldier Pfc. Daniel KLINE, NATO commander Major General George JOULWAN, Pfc. Joshua KLICKMAN - comment.]
(Studio: Denise Dillon) Christmas in Sarajevo featured; scenes shown of the first prisoner exchange since the peace accord.
(Studio: Bob Franken) The funeral for victims of the crash in Colombia of American Airlines Flight 965 featured; scenes shown from the crash site.
(Studio: Denise Dillon) The aftermath of the school fire in Dabwali, India, that killed over 400 featured; scenes shown from the accident site.
(Studio: Denise Dillon) President Clinton and daughter Chelsea shown doing last minutes shopping at a Washington mall. Retail sales outlined.
(Studio: Bob Franken) The health of actor Jimmy Stewart, who was hospitalized last week, updated.
(Studio: Bob Franken) The arrival from Egypt of the sister of a New York City leukemia patient thanks to efforts by Senator Alfonse D'amato to help save the patients life by making the bone marrow transplant from his sister possible shown.
(Studio: Denise Dillon) Report introduced.
(Philadelphia: Cynthia Tornquist) Death of all the primates in the Philadelphia Zoo from a fire reported; scenes shown. [Zoo President Pete HOSKINS - tearfully comments on the great loss.] [Harold HAIRSTON - says they were killed by smoke inhalation.] [Zoo volunteers Juanita TAYLOR, Robert SLOANE, director Terry MAPLES - comment on the apes.]
(Studio: Bob Franken) The setting off of tear gas in a crowded theater by disappointed teens wanting to see a canceled music concert in La Paz, Bolivia reported ; scenes shown.
(Studio: Bob Franken) Statistics that show more Americans attended some type of religious ceremony in the previous week before Christmas that last year presented.
(Studio: Denise Dillon) Venus said to be highly visible tonight along with a crescent moon.
(Studio: Ted Textor) The weather forecast for the US, Europe and Asia given.
(Studio: Bob Franken) Russians calling themselves walruses shown diving in ice ponds from which they say they are invigorated. [MAN - comments.]
(Studio: Barry LeBrock) Various games shown and scores updated.