Topics and Guests, April 23

Tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume:

The United States, North Korea and China meet to diffuse the potentially explosive situation surrounding North Korea's nuclear arms program.


• Prime Minister-designate Mahmoud Abbas presents a new Cabinet to Yasser Arafat, ending a dayslong standoff with the Palestinian leader over its composition and keeping a U.S.-backed peace plan on track.

• Six Iraqi scientists working at different Baghdad research institutions are ordered to destroy some bacteria and equipment and hide more in their homes before visits from U.N. weapons inspectors in the months leading up to the war, the scientists tell The Associated Press.

• Thousands of Shiite Muslims take advantage of their newfound freedom to hold a political protest, railing at the United States as their brethren began the final prayers of a fervent religious pilgrimage that dramatized the Shiites' potential political clout.

• China orderd all public schools in its capital closed, leaving almost 2 million students to study at home following a major jump in the number of reported SARS cases in the city.

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