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article imageTopFinds: The rise of the Kony 2012 campaign, solar flares erupt

By David Silverberg     Mar 9, 2012 in Internet
A viral video campaign seeks to raise awareness of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. Rare solar flares make headlines across the world. Libyan rebels desecrate gravestones of fallen soldiers. These are the top stories on
As we do every week on Friday, we've collected the top stories and compiled them on one page. Digital Journalists found important breaking news from Africa and also kept us informed about the latest new tech, from Japan to the U.S.
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All eyes on by-election for Jack Layton's Toronto-Danforth riding (Includes first-hand account) by Andrew Moran
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Green Party leader Elizabeth May at a press conference with Toronto-Danforth Green candidate Adriana...
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Oran-gutan mother and child.
Oran-gutan mother and child.
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Op-Ed: Is the 'Kony 2012 Stop At Nothing' movement the right one? by KJ Mullins
There is no doubt that Uganda's Joseph Kony is a bad man. He's #1 on the ICC's most wanted people for global crimes against humanity. His name is on the tips of everyone's tongues because of a viral video, "Kony 2012, Stop At Nothing."
U.S advises Nigerian govt., develop north to fight Boko Haram by JohnThomas Didymus
The U.S. has told the Nigerian government that it could begin confronting the problem of Islamic insurgency in the northeast of the country with measures to alleviate poverty, unemployment and the economic backwardness of that part of the country.
Mantyhose: The surging popularity of tights for men by Katerina Nikolas
Tights for men, known as mantyhose, are surging in popularity, not only as an alternative to long-johns for keeping warm, but as a fashion statement. It's not really surprising as men have been wearing hosiery since the Middle Ages.
Apple announces new iPad with 4G LTE, Retina Display, Siri by David Silverberg
Today Apple announced the next-generation iPad, available on March 16. Its features include 4G LTE access, Siri, a quad-core processor, and a 2048 x 1536 display, equalling 3.1 million pixels.
Topless Iranian women say 'no to political Islam' by Katerina Nikolas
To mark International Women's Day on March 8 a new calendar is to be launched entitled the "Nude Photo Revolutionaries Calendar." To promote the calender a group of Iranian women have appeared in a topless video "Say No to Political Islam."
Video: Avalanche demolishes ski-lift in France by JohnThomas Didymus
A footage from a ski resort in France shows an "8-meter avalanche" rolling through and demolishing ski-lift pylons with people on it.
Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn pics leaked in phone hack by Tucker Cummings
"Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks and "Daily Show" correspondent Olivia Munn are the two latest celebs to have their cell phones hacked and alleged nude pics released online.
Sunspot AR1429 erupts with major X1.1 solar flare by JohnThomas Didymus
The Sun has erupted once more, after a relatively quiet February. Following the appearance of a new active sunspot AR1429 on March 2, it erupted on March 5 with a major X1-class flare, sending a storm of plasma and charged particles towards the Earth.
Asteroid 2012 DA14 heads for Earth next year by Anne Sewell
Scientists are predicting that the asteroid 2012 DA14 has a small chance of colliding with Earth in eleven months. Watch the skies in February 2013!
Libyan rebels desecrate graves of British war dead by Katerina Nikolas
Armed men, former rebel soldiers who enjoyed British help to overthrow the rule of Colonel Gaddafi have been filmed showing their appreciation by desecrating the graves of fallen British soldiers.
Andrew Breitbart's death sparks wild conspiracy theories by JohnThomas Didymus
Conspiracy theories claiming that President Obama killed conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart are making the rounds online. Breitbart was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center after he suddenly collapsed on a sidewalk near his home on Thursday.
Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart
Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart
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Japanese develop 'SpeechJammer' gun to shut up tiresome talkers by JohnThomas Didymus
Japanese researchers have developed a "SpeechJammer" gun than can be used to force people to stop speaking from more than 30 meters away. The device does not cause pain or physical discomfort to the target.
TSA forces woman to pump breast milk into bottles before boarding by Leigh Goessl
A Hawaiian mom said she was embarrassed after the TSA asked her to "prove" her breast pump was real by filling the bottles before being allowed to board.
Video: U.S. Navy's new super-weapon, the electromagnetic railgun by JohnThomas Didymus
The U.S. Navy announced on Tuesday that it is testing a prototype of an "electromagnetic railgun" that it hopes when fully developed will be capable of firing 40-pound projectiles at speeds of 4,500 mph to 5,600 mph, seven times the speed of sound.

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