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‘Gaddafi arrest warrant to be issued soon’

In World News on May 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

By Al Jazeera

The International Criminal Court will likely issue an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi by the end of the month, Italy’s foreign minister said.

The warrant would be a “key moment” in the battle against Gaddafi and would make it impossible for him to escape into exile, foreign minister Franco Frattini said on Thursday.

“From that moment on, an exit from power or from the country will no longer be imaginable,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the office of ICC prosecutor Luis Ocampo told Al Jazeera that it was surprised by Frattini’s statement. Ocampo submitted a report to ICC judges on May 4 requesting an arrest warrant but is waiting for the court to either approve the warrant or request more information, the spokeswoman said.

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on February 26 to ask the ICC to investigate human rights crimes in the uprising against Gaddafi, which began earlier that month.

Opposition rallies support abroad

The possibility of an impending arrest warrant came as the Libyan opposition’s support appeared to grow in the United States and United Kingdom, where high-ranking rebel representatives were making visits on Thursday.

Mahmoud Jibril, the chief of the opposition National Transitional Council’s “crisis team,” was leading a delegation to…

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Visa Looks Beyond the Card With One-Click Digital Wallet

In Tech, World News on May 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

By Ryan Kim

Visa is starting to put its big payment acquisitions to work with a new a digital wallet offering that looks to bring one-click transactions to e-commerce, mobile and social networking sites. The wallet, which offers users a simple sign-in instead of entering payment information for purchases, will help consumers checkout faster and should reduce online abandoned shopping carts for retailers.

The digital wallet, which will be introduced this fall in the U.S. and Canada, leverages Visa’s high-profile acquisitions in the past year of PlaySpan and CyberSource, two online payment solutions that have been active in facilitating online payments for merchants, social networks and digital goods sales on gaming sites. The move also shows how Visa is ramping up to compete in the payments space and is ready to take on companies like PayPal and a bunch of other providers.

Visa said the wallet and services platform will store Visa and non-Visa payments accounts including PayPal information and will support NFC payments through Visa’s payWave application. The card network sees the wallet being…

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In Texas schools, a picture’s worth 1,000 calories

In Americas, Big Brother on May 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

By Paul J. Weber

Smile, schoolchildren. You’re on calorie camera.

Health officials trying to reduce obesity and improve eating habits at five San Antonio elementary schools unveiled a $2 million research project Wednesday that will photograph students’ lunch trays before they sit down to eat and later take a snapshot of the leftovers.

A computer program then analyzes the photos to identify every piece of food on the plate — right down to how many ounces are left in that lump of mashed potatoes — and calculates the number of calories each student scarfed down.

The project, funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, is the first of its kind in the nation. The cameras, about the size of pocket flashlights, point only toward the trays and don’t photograph the students. Researchers say about 90 percent of parents gave permission to record every morsel of food their child eats.

“We’re trying to be as passive as possible. The kids know they’re being monitored,” said Dr. Roger Echon, who works for the San Antonio-based Social & Health Research Center, and who is building the food-recognition program.

Here’s how it works: Each lunch tray gets a bar code sticker to identify a student. After the children load up their plates down…

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