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An official of the Palestinian group Hamas was murdered in Dubai. Dubai police call the killing a targeted assassination by agents of Israel. We look at the latest developments, and the worldwide controversy. Also, the Obama Administration considers switching course to military tribunals for alleged terrorists. On Reporter's Notebook, will Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin and Avatar boost the audience for the Oscar telecast this Sunday night?

Banner image: British-born Israeli Paul John Keeley (top row) is seen speaking in an exclusive interview to Israel's Channel 10 television on the monitors at the station's control room on February 17, 2010. British-born Keeley, emigrated to Israel 15 years ago and lives on a Kibbutz in the center of the country, but denies any involvement in the assassination of Hamas' Mahmoud al-Mabhouh on January 20, 2010. Photo: David Silverman/Getty Images

Making News Administration May Switch Course to Military Tribunals 7 MIN, 47 SEC

Attorney General Eric Holder wants to try the self-proclaimed mastermind of September 11 in civilian court in New York City.  But White House advisors are telling President Obama to reverse that decision and make Khalid Sheik Mohammed face a military tribunal.  Anne Kornblut co-wrote that story today for the Washington Post.

Anne Kornblut, White House Correspondent, Washington Post

Main Topic A Real Case of Murder Unfolds Like a Hollywood Thriller 36 MIN, 29 SEC

On January 19, a military official from the Palestinian group Hamas was killed in his luxury hotel room in the Arab Emirate of Dubai. The Dubai police call the death of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh an assassination by agents of Israel, who allegedly entered Dubai using the identities of other, real people and whose pictures were recorded on surveillance cameras at the airport and at the hotel itself. The Israeli government has said nothing, but the incident has lit political firestorms in Israel itself and around the world. Were the killers agents of Israel? Why did they falsely adopt the identities of real Israelis and allow themselves to be videotaped? Was it a targeted assassination justified in the interests of national defense? Is that like the US practice of using Predator drones to take out the leaders of the Taliban and al Qaeda?

Borzou Daragahi, BuzzFeed News (@borzou)
Daniel Levy, European Council on Foreign Relations (@ecfr)
Max Boot, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and columnist for the Washington Post (@MaxBoot)
Roger Cressey, former Director for Counterterrorism, National Security Council
Robert Baer, former CIA field officer and author

Reporter's Notebook What's Happening at the 82nd Academy Awards? 6 MIN, 43 SEC

The Winter Olympics drew a bigger audience than expected for NBC. What's in store for the Oscar presentations this Sunday on ABC? Instead of five nominees for Best Picture, this year there are ten. But the attention is focused on just two, films directed by a man and a woman who used to be married.  Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan has more on Avatar, The Hurt Locker and the prospects for Sunday's Academy Awards telecast.

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times (@KennethTuran)

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