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Today: Thursday 18th February

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The Israeli ambassador has been called to the Foreign Office to discuss the use of fake UK passports by the alleged killers of a Hamas commander in Dubai. And eight of the 10 US missionaries accused of kidnapping children in Haiti have been freed.

Argentina has announced new controls on ships passing through its waters to the Falkland Islands, to prevent British plans for oil exploration due to begin next week. Andrew Harding reports from Buenos Aires, and correspondent Caroline Wyatt outlines the damage to Anglo-Argentine relations.

Children aged between 9-11 years old are not getting enough sleep, a questionnaire by BBC Children's news programme Newsround has found. It asked more than 1,000 children about their sleeping habits with half saying that they did not get enough sleep and a quarter answering that their bedtime was 10pm or later. Dr Paul Gringras, consultant paediatrician who runs the children's sleep clinic at Guys and St Thomas' hospital, London, explains the findings.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The chief executive of the Vancouver Olympics organising committee, John Furlong, has said criticism of the games in British newspapers is unfair following the death of a competitor and the delay of events. Sports correspondent James Pearce spoke to Mr Furlong about the games' bad press.

The Israeli ambassador in London has been called in to the Foreign Office this morning to "share information" about the use of faked British passports by an alleged hit squad suspected of killing a Hamas commander in Dubai. Israel says there is no evidence that its security service Mossad had any involvement in the killing. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen comments on the reaction to the affair in Israel.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has written to Conservative leader David Cameron to challenge him on his support for a repeal of the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales, which began five years ago today. The Conservatives have pledged to allow a free vote of MPs on the issue if they win the election. Andrew Hosken reports on the continued debate over fox hunting.

The paper review.

Have you seen any UFOs recently? The latest release of sightings from the National Archives include a giant, humming triangle hovering near the house of the former Conservative leader, Michael Howard, and a Birmingham man who arrived home to find a large, illuminated blue triangle hovering over his garden. Dr David Clarke, UFO expert at the National Archives, describes the range of unusual sightings.

Thought for the day with Padre Mark Christian, Senior Chaplain of 11 Light Brigade in Helmand, Afghanistan.

A complaint made by Andrew Cowles against an article by Jan Moir, published in the Daily Mail in the aftermath of his partner Stephen Gately's death, has been turned down. The Press Complaints Commission will today publish its adjudication into the ruling. 25,000 people complained that they found the article made offensive comments about the singer's gay lifestyle. Jan Moir has subsequently apologised to Mr Gately's family for the "ill-timed" nature of the article. Baroness Buscombe, chair of the PCC, and Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights group Stonewall, debate the PCC's ruling.

The Israeli ambassador in London has been summoned to the Foreign Office this morning to discuss the use of fake British passports by an alleged team of assassins suspected of killing a senior Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in Dubai. Israel says there is no evidence that its security service Mossad had any involvement in the killing. Shadow foreign secretary William Hague examines the government's reaction to the incident.

The BBC children's news programme Newsround has found that half of 9-11 year olds are not getting enough sleep. It questioned more than 1000 children about their sleeping habits. Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, and Prof Jim Horne, director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University, examine how children's sleep patterns affect their performance at school.

Every year publishers receive thousands of manuscripts sent in on-spec from unknown writers hoping to be plucked from obscurity to become professional authors. The vast majority are rejected but unknown novelist Stephen Kelman, author of Pigeon English, received offers from 12 leading publishers. The book tells the story of an innocent young boy living on a rough London estate who finds joy and friends amidst violence and crime. Arts editor Will Gompertz spoke to Stephen Kelman about his new-found success.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Operation Moshtarak, the joint Afghan-Nato offensive in Afghanistan, has passed its first week with commanders describing it as a success so far. Correspondent Ian Pannell has been embedded with British troops since the operation began and reports on the progress of the offensive.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The Green Party begins its spring conference today, effectively marking the start of the general election campaign. The party's leader Caroline Lucas discusses her party's policies and electoral ambitions.

On the fifth anniversary of the ban on fox hunting in England and Wales, the Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has written an open letter to the Conservative leader, David Cameron, asking him why he is determined to repeal the legislation. The Tories say they will allow MPs a free vote on foxhunting if they win the election. Mr Benn explains the thinking behind his letter.

Reader's Digest, famed for its magazine of the same name, has gone into administration in the UK, putting 117 jobs at risk. Emma Soames, editor Saga magazine, and Mark Choueke, editor of Marketing Week, reflect on how even the most famous of brands can face decline.


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