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2008-06-26 06:02:44

AN EVENING of music and dance is being held on Saturday as part of the Positive Images festival. It will be held at the Ukrainian Hall, in Leicester Causeway at 7pm, and admission is free. Entertainment will include the Veselka Ukrainian Youth Dancers, Coventry dance group Burundian Dancers, Free Harmony, an a capella group who perform original and world music, the Mary McHugh Irish dancers and Bollywood dancers. Egyptian belly dancer Shakira will perform along with The Street Shepherd...

2006-07-27 23:48:13

By Bappa Majumdar KOLKATA (Reuters) - Pakistan has sought the help of an Indian state to revamp its system of madrasas after accusations some of the Islamic schools teach religious hatred and are breeding grounds for militancy. The Pakistani mission in New Delhi has written to the government of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, ruled by communists for nearly three decades, seeking to study the state's success at reforming its Islamic schools. Madrasas in the state teach...

2005-12-30 07:34:06

By Aamir Ashraf ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan backtracked on Friday on a demand for foreign students enrolled in Islamic schools to leave the country by year's end, but urged the hundreds remaining to go as soon as possible. President Pervez Musharraf had ordered all foreigners studying at the schools, known as madrasas, to leave by December 31 as part of a drive to stamp out terrorism and religious extremism following the July 7 London bombings. His order came after revelations...

2004-12-01 03:00:11

PORTLAND, Maine - Most don't look like harem girls and few midriffs are showing. But they sure seem to be belly dancing. A woman in her late 40s is swiveling her hips with the charisma of a teen pop star. A dozen others ranging from petite teens to middle-aged moms swarm around her, ringing out a rhythmic chorus on their finger cymbals. Belly dancing has emerged as a form of exercise for those who find its sultry undulations more their speed than hours of aerobics. As with Pilates and...

2004-12-01 00:00:07

The Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine - Most don't look like harem girls and few midriffs are showing. But they sure seem to be belly dancing. A woman in her late 40s is swiveling her hips with the charisma of a teen pop star. A dozen others ranging from petite teens to middle-aged moms swarm around her, ringing out a rhythmic chorus on their finger cymbals. Belly dancing has emerged as a form of exercise for those who find its sultry undulations more their speed than hours of aerobics...

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2004-11-29 15:00:00

PORTLAND, Maine -- Belly dancing has emerged as a form of exercise for those who find its sultry undulations more their speed than hours of aerobics or weightlifting. As with Pilates and yoga, you do not have to be willowy to belly dance. "You get to a certain age where you can't do ballet anymore," said Anne Cornely, 46, of Brunswick, her face covered in a film of sweat after finishing a dance. "This is a dance anybody, no matter your age or your size, can do." Like many of the older, more...