Tunisia probes ‘Harlem Shake’ students as video goes viral

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Updated 26 February 2013
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Tunisia probes ‘Harlem Shake’ students as video goes viral

TUNIS: Tunisian authorities have ordered a probe into the staging of a “Harlem Shake” show in a Tunis suburb by students who dance wildly and imitate sexual acts, after a video recording went viral on the Internet.
“The Ministry of Education has demanded an investigation and the department will take appropriate measures,” Education Minister Abdellatif Abid said on private Radio Mosaique.
He said there could be possible “expulsions” of students or “sacking” of educational staff who were behind the staging of the dance.
Video footage, which shows participants smoking, dancing wildly in uncoordinated manner and simulating sexual acts, has spread on the Internet, with dozens of different versions attracting millions of views.
The dance was purportedly staged by students from Menzah 6 district of Tunis in a school compound, with some dancing in shorts and others wearing fake beards and tunics showcasing proponents of radical movement (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSDJJsvzpbY).
The secular opposition regularly accuses Tunisia’s ruling party Ennahda of allowing a slow Islamization of society.
The education minister is a member of Ettakatol, a center-left secular ally of Ennahda.
The incident comes as more and people around the world emulate the “Harlem Shake” craze, which was sparked by a group of Australian teenagers who uploaded a 31-second clip “The Harlem Shake v1 (TSCS original)” onto YouTube earlier this month. It has since been viewed almost 16 million times.


Afghan, Pakistani military officials renew push for peace

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Afghan, Pakistani military officials renew push for peace

ISLAMABAD: Senior military and intelligence officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to enhance efforts to ensure sustainable peace in the region.
The two sides reached the understanding at talks Sunday at Pakistan army’s headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
The Afghan delegation was led by the national security adviser, Hanif Atmar, and also included the intelligence chief and other officials.
A military statement early Monday said Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, told the delegation that “we must begin with the trust that neither covets an inch of the other’s territory nor is letting its land being used against the other.”
Pakistan has been under pressure from Kabul to stop giving safe havens to militants blamed for attacks in Afghanistan. Pakistan denies the charge.