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In Brief: Parents want religion taught

ONLY a quarter of parents with dependent children would opt to send them to a church-run primary school, a poll has found.

Some 27pc of parents would choose a primary school owned and managed by the Church, compared with the remainder, who would opt for a Vocational Education Committee (VEC) school, multi-denominational or State-run. The survey, commissioned by the Irish Primary Principals' Network and carried out by RedC, found the majority of respondents still want religion taught during the school day.

Three sailors die in race boat crash

A 37-fOOt long racing yacht was reduced to debris that looked "like it had gone through a blender," after the boat apparently collided with a larger vessel, killing three sailors and leaving a fourth missing.

The US Coast Guard, the Mexican navy and civilian vessels scoured the waters off the shore of both countries for the missing sailor before suspending their search last night.

The crew of four sailors was aboard the Aegean during a 124-mile race from Newport Beach, California to Ensenada, Mexico.

US still wary of Al-Qa'ida attack

A year after the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden, al-Qa'ida is hobbled and hunted, too busy surviving to carry out another September 11-style attack on US soil.

But the terrorist network dreams still of payback and US counterterrorist officials warn that, in time, its offshoots may deliver.

"It's wishful thinking to say al-Qaida is on the brink of defeat," says Seth Jones, a Rand analyst and adviser to US special operations forces. "They have increased global presence, and in some places, like Yemen, they've expanded control of territory."

Apple 'sidesteps billions in taxes'

Apple uses subsidiaries in Ireland, the Netherlands and other low-tax nations in a strategy that enables the technology giant to cut its global tax bill by billions every year, a report says.

The New York Times outlined legal methods used by Apple HQ in Cupertino, California to avoid paying billions of dollars in government and state taxes.