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Today: Friday 18th February

David Cameron and Nick Clegg are setting out opposing views ahead of the AV referendum. And tight security is in force in Bahrain for the funerals of demonstrators killed when an anti-government protest was broken up.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie.

The unrest in Bahrain, where security forces have killed four protestors, is producing alarm in western capitals. Correspondent Ian Pannell speaks to Bahraini foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid ibn Ahmad Al Khalifa and Dr Jasim Husain, a member of parliament from the main Shia opposition party, gives his analysis of the protests.

Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg will today find themselves on opposite sides of the Alternative Vote (AV) referendum debate. Chief political correspondent Norman Smith considers how this public clash might compromise relations between the coalition partners.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

The government's plans to overhaul immigration amount to a "hostile act against Britain's universities" according to a report from the Higher Education Policy Institute. Professor Edward Acton, author of the report and vice chancellor at the University of East Anglia and Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch, discuss the proposals.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

G20 finance ministers are to meet in Paris for the first meeting of France's year long presidency of the group, a year in which it wants to focus on global food security. John Paul-Thwaytes, chief executive of JPT Capital and Abdolreza Abbassian, senior economist at the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation discuss the pros and cons of food price speculation.

Paper review.

A historian has found what she believes is the inspiration for the workhouse in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. Dr Ruth Richardson discusses her findings with Dr Paul Schlicke, editor of The Dickens Companion.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Roy Jenkins, Baptist Minister in Cardiff.

Washington has urged Bahrain to show restraint in the way it deals with protesters. Four were killed and hundreds injured by its heavy crackdown over the past few days. Correspondent Kevin Connolly reports from Salmaniya hospital where many of the protesters have gathered and historian Robert Lacey explains the geo-political context of the protests.

The Prime Minister and his deputy are to set out opposing views on the AV referendum. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Foreign Secretary William Hague set out their differing views on electoral reform.

Questioned on events in Bahrain, Foreign Secretary William Hague said he wanted the country to continue with political reforms and said there was "no evidence" of UK weapons being used against protesters.

The enormous wealth being created in China is having knock-on effects in surprising places. Sports correspondent Tim Franks reports on the Chinese millionaires ruffling the feathers of the world's leading pigeon fanciers.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

What do the protests in the Middle East reveal about the influence of al-Qaeda? Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen and veteran CNN correspondent Peter Bergen, who has written about the conflict between the US and al-Qaeda in a new book out The Longest War, considers the unfolding situation.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Three solar eruptions mean the Northern Lights may be visible in the UK. Dr Lucie Green, solar scientist at University College London, explains where you might catch a glimpse of an aurora in the UK.

The world's biggest scientific conference, run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is underway in Washington, where talk is centred on what magnifying the big can tell us about the very small. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on how techniques that have been used to boost the power of telescopes are now being applied to the microscope.

Universities UK is publishing updated guidance to universities on dealing with security on campus whilst at the same time, maintaining freedom of speech. Malcolm Grant, vice chancellor of UCL, analyses whether these recommendations will be effective.

Nearly 80% of five to 10-year-olds use public libraries, according to the figures from Public Lending Right Francesca Simon, author of the hugely popular Horrid Henry series, discusses children's library habits.


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