World Briefs: Dildo throwing incident mars NZ image: PM

Dildo throwing incident mars NZ image: PM

WELLINGTON • Dildo throwing does not look good for New Zealand and is an "appalling way" to behave on the country's national day, Prime Minister John Key said yesterday, angered by an attack on a senior government minister.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce was hit in the face by a pink dildo thrown by a protester during national day celebrations in the northern town of Waitangi on Friday.

"It's appalling because... there are now people in countries all over the world saying the way New Zealanders theoretically commemorate or celebrate their national day is with a senior politician having a sex toy thrown at them," Mr Key said.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



Sri Lanka seeking IMF bailout package

COLOMBO • Sri Lanka has made a formal request for an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout package to aid its struggling economy after a sharp slowdown in growth and with its Budget deficit widening, officials said yesterday.

The IMF confirmed the nation had asked for assistance, but did not give details on the value of a potential programme, or say if it would grant the request. "The IMF has received a request for a programme with Sri Lanka," the fund said in a statement from its headquarters in Washington, DC.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Actor brain dead after hanging scene blunder

FLORENCE (Italy) • An Italian actor has been declared brain dead after being strangled on stage when a hanging scene went wrong in the central region of Tuscany.

Mr Raphael Schumacher, a 27-year-old from northern Italy, had been performing a monologue on adolescent existential unhappiness that ended with a scene of simulated suicide by hanging, local media reported. The incident occurred during a private performance on Jan 30, the source said.

REUTERS

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