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Amnesty angry over review

A Cabinet sub-committee set up to review the law on searching suspected rendition flights has met twice in a year, Amnesty International says.

The Irish wing of the human rights group demanded the findings of the review be made public.

"In November 2008 the Government announced it was setting up a Cabinet committee to review the law and ensure gardai had the power to board and search suspected rendition flights," said Colm O'Gorman, Amnesty's executive director. "There is still no sign of this review and the committee has only met twice."

Mr O'Gorman said there was a widespread belief that US President Barack Obama had ended rendition, but this was not the case.

'Staff attitudes' key to recovery

Workers' attitudes are more important to employers than their skills in the drive to help the country out of recession, a new report says.

A survey of more than 1,000 employers found that nine out of 10 would hire someone with the right attitude to work even if they were up against a candidate with better skills.

"More needs to be done to make sure the workforce has the right skills and attitudes," said a spokesman for recruitment group Reed, which carried out the survey.

California hit by earthquake

Residents in California are cleaning up after the area dodged a catastrophe, escaping a 6.5-magnitude earthquake with little more than bumps, cuts and broken glass.

Bridge rails were bent and bottles and jars flew from shelves, authorities said.

The tremor, centred in the Pacific west of Ferndale, caused only limited structural damage and a few hours of power cuts. There were no major injuries.