Topics and Guests, February 17

Tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume:

Jim Angle reports: French President Jacques Chirac declares France will not support a second U.N. resolution on Iraq, upon his arrival at the European Union's emergency summit in Brussels, Belgium. Also, President Bush receives a visit from Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga who suggests while there may be disagreement on a U.N. timetable, most support the need for Saddam Hussein to disarm.

Guest preview: Michael Scardaville, a policy analyst from the Heritage Foundation, tells us about homeland security budget issues. Will the current budget plan keep us safe?


• Jennifer Griffin reports: Sheikh Yassin, spritual leader of Hamas, speaks out on the fatwa he issued urging attacks on American targets should the United States invade Iraq.

• The "Beast of the East" show's Washington who's the boss.

• A deeply divided Europe struggles to close a rift over Iraq and speak with one voice to Saddam Hussein, though leaders are encouraged after resolving a monthlong NATO deadlock on defending Turkey.

• The current terrorism threat level will probably be lowered from its current high-risk, or orange, status sometime in the near future, says Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

• Israeli troops capture a top Hamas fugitive and raid a stronghold of the Islamic militant group in Gaza City, killing two Palestinians and blowing up the house of a suspected bombmaker.

Details on these stories and more on Special Report with Brit Hume.
— Guests and topics are subject to change