Tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume:

The United States anxiously awaits the day it can hand over control of Iraq to its people, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld (search) assures Iraqis. He tells Iraqis that coalition forces will stick around to restore order and basic services for Iraqis and help them form a new government.

Plus:

• Pakistani police arrest six men suspected of being linked with Al Qaeda (search), including a Yemeni man wanted in connection with the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.

• Six weeks after the start of the war in Iraq, President Bush is prepared to officially declare Thursday that the combat phase is over and the rebuilding phase has begun.

• Hours before a new Palestinian prime minister was sworn in during a ceremony moving the region closer to launching a U.S.-backed peace plan, a homicide bombing kills three people and wounds dozens of others on a popular Tel Aviv (search) beachside promenade.

• U.S. troops open fire on anti-American demonstrators for the second time this week as Iraqis march to protest the previous shooting. The city's mayor says two people were killed and 14 wounded in the clash.

• A wide-ranging package of child safety laws needed cajoling by the families of kidnapped children to make it through Congress, but when it came time to vote, both houses gave Amber Alerts overwhelming approval. And the president signs the legislation.

Details on these stories and more on Special Report with Brit Hume.
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