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Today: Tuesday 9th February

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MPs are to decide whether to hold a referendum on Gordon Brown's plan to change the voting system in Britain. And the crash landing of an airliner at Heathrow airport two years ago was caused by a build-up of ice in the fuel system, an official report has found.

One of Britain's biggest military operations in Afghanistan is to begin this week. Operation Moshtarak, or Together, is the first operation to involve Afghan forces. Brigadier Simon Levy, commanding General of the Combined Training Advisory Group for the Army, outlines the challenges of training-up Afghan troops.

Air crash investigators are due to report on why a Boeing 777 airliner crash-landed short of the runway at Heathrow airport in 2008. Eighteen people suffered minor injuries when the plane lost power and skidded across grass and tarmac. Transport correspondent Tom Symonds details the report's findings.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The United States has warned Iran there will be tougher international sanctions after announcing a step up in its uranium enrichment programme. The move was supported by Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak who said Iran had been "fooling the world" about the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme. Middle East correspondent Paul Wood investigates what action Israel might take against Iran.

Plans to re-develop the Thames Estuary would be an environmental catastrophe, according to a report by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). The scheme aims to generate 5% of the country's electricity from wave power in the Bristol Channel. Mark Avery, director of conservation at the RSPB, and Roger Falconer, professor of Water Management at the Cardiff School of Engineering, examine the benefits and drawbacks of the proposals.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The age at which children begin using the internet is decreasing, with those as young as four surfing the net. Reporter Sanchia Berg investigates how safe the internet is for children and Jim Gamble, head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), discusses how to safeguard children using the web.

The paper review.

Despite the freezing weather, spring is arriving early this year. Scientists from across the country have completed what they describe as the most comprehensive assessment of the changes in the life-cycles of hundreds of species. Environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee reports on the research's findings.

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark.

MPs are to vote on whether to hold a referendum on the prime minister's plans to change the voting system. The current first-past-the-post system would be replaced by the alternative vote system, which allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference. Chris Huhne, Liberal Democrats' home affairs spokesman and Environment Secretary Hilary Benn debate if a new voting method should be introduced.

The former president of the Metropolitan Black Police Association (MetBPA), Ali Dizaei, has been sentenced to four years in prison for assaulting and falsely arresting a man. Many of his critics have welcomed the sentence, accusing Mr Dizaei of corruption and of being untouchable due to his ethnic background. Sergeant Alfred John, chairman of the MetBPA and Brian Paddick, a former deputy assistant commissioner with the Met, examine whether the case is a turning point in the Met's relations with its black officers.

Traders and hedge funds have bet nearly $8bn against the Euro, amassing the biggest ever short position in the single currency overfears of a debt crisis in the eurozone. Jeremy Stretch, Rabobank's senior currency strategist, explains the move.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Toyota has announced a global recall of its flagship Prius model because of a braking fault. The announcement follows the recall of eight million vehicles with faulty accelerator pedals. Tokyo correspondent Roland Buerk outlines the damage to the firm's reputation.

A new disease with HIV-like symptoms has emerged in China. Doctors are blaming a breakdown in trust between the medical profession and patients for confusion around the disease. Chris Hogg reports from Shanghai.

The former head of BP, Lord Browne, resigned in 2007 following the publication of details of his private life. Lord Browne reflects on his leadership style and approach, and the challenges he faced.

With a general election looming, the political parties are preparing to outline their policies for the future of public spending. David Clark, director general of the society of local authority chief executives (Solace), has suggested that a vast amount of money could be saved if management by targets was ended.

What music would you choose to play in the background during a dinner party? Blue Lines by Massive Attack was the ambience of choice for many in the 1990s, an image which the band spent years trying to shake off. Pete Paphides, music critic at The Times, and Peter York, author and social commentator, discuss the best and worst dinner party anthems.



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