This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Hilary Bowker; Jerusalem: Walter Rodgers) Recommendations by an Israeli police commission that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted in the growing corruption scandal and whether it could topple his coalition government discussed; details given of the criminal accounts of fraud and breach of public trust coming out of an influence peddling scandal, how the schism in Israeli society between those who like and those who hate Netanyahu could widen and the impact of the case on the Middle East peace process.
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Word of secret negotiations with tobacco giants Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds to agree to a legal settlement to prevent further lawsuits against the industry reported. [Mississippi attorney general Mike MOORE, Senator Paul WELLSTONE - offer views on the deal with the tobacco companies.]
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.
(No location given: Al Hinman) The limited success of the worldwide effort to get people to stop smoking examined; World Health Organization statistics on smoking and related deaths cited. Examples of worldwide advertising shown. [American Cancer Society CEO John SEFFRIN - comments on the pandemic of smoking.]
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Recommendations by an Israeli police commission that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted in the growing Israeli political corruption scandal reported. [From Grand Rapids, Michigan, former Secretary of State Henry KISSINGER - says these charges could derail the government, or at least preoccupy it, thus also affecting the peace process.]
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) The annual hajj of Muslims to the holy site of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, reported; scenes shown from the site of the huge fire in the pilgrims' tent city of Mina.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Plans to airlift Rwandan refugees out of Zaire and the efforts by South African President Nelson Mandela to broker a peace agreement in the civil war updated; scenes shown of Mandela with rebel leader Laurent Kabila. [KABILA - says the next objective is Kinshasa.]
(Studio: Hilary Bowker) Visit by Russian President Boris Yeltsin to Germany to meet with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl to discuss Russia's relationship to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) after former Soviet bloc nations join the alliance shown.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Warning from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania about the link between use of decongestants and the risk of stroke reported.
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Report introduced.
(Windsor, Ontario: Joan MacFarlane) The development of new ways to test the safety of chemicals in our environment examined; details given of the testing of toxic compounds directly on human liver cells. [Environmental scientist University of Windsor Doug HAFFNER, biochemist Khosrow ADELI - talk about the ties between environment and human health and their lab studies on toxicity.] The advantages of testing on human cells rather than animals outlined.
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Recommendations by an Israeli police commission that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted in the growing political corruption scandal in Israel recapped.
(Jerusalem: Jerrold Kessel) The influence trading scandal in Israeli politics examined. [Political analyst David LANDAU - says Netanyahu could be finished.] [Voice of Israeli government spokesman Moshe FOGEL - defends Netanyahu.] Netanyahu's meeting with United States envoy Dennis Ross to try to salvage the Middle East peace process shown.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff; State Department: Steve Hurst) The public and private response from United States official to the Israeli political scandal, how it could affect the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and whether Secretary of State Madeleine Albright might go to the region discussed.
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Report introduced.
(Atlanta: Brian Cabell) The stunning news of secret negotiations toward a legal settlement with the major tobacco companies featured; details given of a multi-billion dollar fund to be agreed to in return for protection from further lawsuits. [Senator Richard DURBIN, Minnesota attorney general Hubert HUMPHREY III, Senator Paul WELLSTONE, litigation analyst Mary ANONSON, lung cancer patient Warren BARTLETT - react to the deal and its financial impact on the industry.] The recent admission by the Liggett Group mentioned.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) The need for Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to decide how he will pay a 300,000 fine for ethics violations reported.
(Studio: Hilary Bowker) Talks between North and South Korea to set up four- way talks leading to a formal peace treaty ending the Korean war reported.
(New York: Myron Kandel) The business report presented: Stock Market Report, treasury bond and industrial production figures, the reaction of tobacco stocks to word of the legal deal being negotiated by industry giants Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds.
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Call from President Clinton for the ratification of the global treaty banning chemical weapons reported. [Special assistant to the president National Security Council's Robert BELL - explains why there are problems in getting the US-sponsored treaty ratified; responds to charges from Senator Jesse Helms that the treaty is unverifiable; goes into detail about aspects of the treaty, which will go into effect on April 29 with or without United States ratification.]
(Studio: Terry Baddoo) The outcome of the Catalonia rally in Spain, the honoring of baseball great Jackie Robinson at a special ceremony on the 50th anniversary of his breaking the color barrier in major league baseball and the insurance policy on race horse Cigar, who turned out to be infertile, reported.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Breaking story on heart valve surgery for actor Arnold Schwarzenegger reported.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Appointment of actor Sidney Poitier as the Bahamian ambassador to Japan reported; scenes shown of him with Emperor Akihito.
(Studio: Hilary Bowker) Efforts to return rescued dolphin to his natural habitat off Cuba reported; scenes shown.