Topics and Guests: Feb. 21

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Monday, Feb. 21:

President Bush, hoping to thaw relations with European leaders skeptical about U.S. involvement in Iraq and the Middle East (search), pressed today for greater trans-Atlantic relations. Carl Cameron is trailing the president through Europe with a report.

President Bush also called on European allies to join in a push for democracy all over the Middle East including an effort to corral Syria, which is causing trouble throughout the region. Jim Angle has the details.

Plus, Bret Baier has the latest news out of Iraq as Iraq's interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi (search) met with interim Vice President and Dawa party leader Ibrahim Jaafari today.

And Brian Wilson has a report on the taped conversations President Bush had with a friend that in which he acknowledged trying marijuana in his younger days. Doug Wead (search) secretly recorded at least a dozen talks with Bush, when Bush was the governor of Texas.

Hunter S. Thompson (search), the hard-living writer who inserted himself into his accounts of America's underbelly and popularized a first-person form of journalism in books such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," has committed suicide. James Rosen has a look back at Thompson’s career.

Steve Harrigan reports from Congo where a sexual abuse scandal involving U.N. peacekeepers is adding to the troubles at the U.N. Plus, a long-running sexual harassment scandal has claimed the career of high-profile U.N. refugees chief Ruud Lubbers (search), a former Dutch prime minister. Jonathan Hunt has the details.

And Jennifer Griffin reports from the Middle East where relatives who hadn't seen their loved ones in years made their way to checkpoints across the West Bank and Gaza. Israel agreed to release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners to strengthen the new Palestinian President and help him secure a truce among armed Palestinian groups.

Plus, we'll talk with our all-star panel of FOX News contributors:

Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard

Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist

Nina Easton, national political reporter for The Boston Globe

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