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Australian mine 'Harlem Shake' prank harmless, says lawyer

A worker sacked for performing the dance craze "Harlem Shake" in an Australian gold mine had considered safety and only did it on a break, his lawyer said, adding that the prank was harmless. As many as 15 electrical workers were fired by Barminco, apparently for safety reasons, after video of a small group doing the dance, which involves thrusting and gyrating, in a Western Australian mine was posted online.

UPDATE 1-Australian miners fired for dancing the Harlem Shake underground

(Adds new YouTube figures paragraph 13) SYDNEY, March 4 (Reuters) - An Australian mining services company has fired up to 15 workers who performed an underground version of the Harlem Shake and posted it online, in a second incident of the Internet dance craze sparking safety concerns. The workers were part of an overnight crew working at the Agnew Mine in Western Australia owned by South African miner Gold Fields Ltd. The workers were employed by Barminco, an Australia-based underground services company.

Tunis mega 'Harlem Shake' all but rained out

Ten thousand people promised to show up in front of Tunisia's education ministry on Friday to perform a protest version of the "Harlem Shake" dance craze, but only a few dozen braved the rain to do so. Performances over the past week have infuriated ultra-conservative Muslims with their smoking, wild dancing and simulation of sexual acts, and led to punch-ups with them and clashes with police.

Tunisia probes 'Harlem Shake' students as video goes viral

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.

Four arrested in Egypt for 'Harlem Shake'

Egyptian police said Saturday they have arrested four students who filmed themselves publicly dancing in their underwear, as more people around the world emulate a viral dance craze called the "Harlem Shake." The four pharmaceutical students shocked residents of a middle class Cairo neighbourhood when they removed most of their clothes and videotaped themselves performing the pelvis-thrusting dance, a police official said. The hostile audience tried to assault the students, who are accused of committing "a scandalous act," the official added.

Australia teens fuel 'Harlem Shake' dance craze

A group of Australian teenagers have sparked a Gangnam Style-like viral dance craze called the "Harlem Shake", with their pelvis-thrusting moves inspiring tens of thousands of Internet copycat clips. The fivesome, from Australia's Sunshine Coast, have shot to fame with their 31-second clip "The Harlem Shake v1 (TSCS original)", which has been viewed more than 12 million times since being uploaded to YouTube on February 2.

'Harlem Shake' fad thrills the US DJ behind it

The up-and-coming Brooklyn DJ behind "Harlem Shake" said Monday he's thrilled to see his cutting-edge electronic dance music (EDM) track going viral in a very big way. "Honestly, (I'm) just happy to see people go crazy to my stuff," Baauer told fans during a two-hour ask-me-anything session on Reddit.com as more and more "Harlem Shake" memes kept finding their way onto YouTube. "It will definitely create lots of hype but thats not something i worry about," he wrote during the online chat.

Harlem Shake challenges 'Gangnam Style' on online dance floors

LONDON, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Hot on the heels of South Korean rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style", a new dance craze is sweeping offices, universities, and even a museum as it goes viral - the Harlem Shake. The Harlem Shake began as a dance in the 1980s but the latest version featured on a flood of online videos is an electronic dance track by 23-year-old Brooklyn DJ Baauer who released the single last year with the record label Mad Decent.
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