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MADAGASCAR

Nine cattle rustlers killed

Gendarmes said on Saturday they had shot dead nine zebu thieves and rounded up close to 200 of the stolen cattle as they ramped up their battle against killer rustling gangs on the Indian Ocean island. The nine cattle thieves — known as dahalos in the local Malagasy language — were killed during an air and land operation in the south of the island on Thursday, gendarmes spokesman Lala Rakotonirina said. “Using helicopters in our efforts to restore security in the south has paid off as a strategy,” he said. “Helicopters are scaring off the dahalos and at the same time are useful to guide our ground forces.” The spokesman said a total of 189 zebus were recovered from the rustlers during the operation.

EGYPT

Underwear dancers arrested

Police said on 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 pharmacology students shocked residents of a middle class Cairo neighborhood 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. Egypt has strict public indecency laws. Some Egyptians have posted videos of themselves on YouTube doing the Harlem Shake in front of the pyramids. One of them, dressed in white underwear and a bow tie, dances while riding a camel. The dance craze was sparked by a group of Australian teenagers who uploaded the 31-second clip The Harlem Shake v1 (TSCS original) onto YouTube earlier this month. It has since been viewed almost 16 million times.

SPAIN

Basque party launched

Basque politicians have launched a nationalist party after the country’s highest court ruled it could be established because it was not directly linked to the militant separatist group ETA. Sortu was launched formally on Saturday, eight months after the Constitutional Court said it could come into existence because it was different from ETA’s banned political wing, Batasuna. At its inaugural congress, Hasier Arraiz was confirmed as president and a letter from imprisoned Sortu General Secretary Arnaldo Otegi was read out. Otegi is serving a 10-year sentence after being convicted in 2009 of trying to resurrect Batasuna. Otegi’s letter said the Spanish and French states “continue to deny the status as a nation of the Basque country” and continue to “deny its right to self-determination.”

UNITED STATES

MC Hammer arrested

MC Hammer suggests he was a victim of racial profiling when he was stopped and arrested by police in the northern California city of Dublin. The 1990s rap star tweeted on Saturday that an officer approached him in his car and asked: “Are you on parole or probation?” He says that as he handed over his ID, the officer reached inside the car and tried to pull him out. Dublin police Lieutenant Herb Walters told the Oakland Tribune that Hammer, who was born Stanley Burrell, was arrested on Thursday for allegedly obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting an officer. He declined to comment to KTVU about Hammer’s version of the arrest. Hammer tweeted that he was not bitter and considered what happened “a teachable moment.”

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