Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, April 13

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WELLINGTON -- The New Zealand government announced on Saturday 1-million-NZ dollar (676,400 U.S. dollars) funds to support ethnic communities affected by the Christchurch terror attacks which killed 50 people on March 15.

Affected communities are invited to apply for the funds to develop projects that will enhance their development and enrich social connections, Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa said in a statement. (New Zealand-Terror Attacks)

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CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a funding boost for the nation's youth suicide prevention plan on Saturday after the death of a young indigenous woman.

The 18-year-old woman from the remote community of Balgo in Western Australia (WA) took her own life on Thursday. It was the 12th time an indigenous person younger than 18 died by suicide so far in 2019 in what has been called a crisis, according to the report of The Australian. (Australia-Suicide Prevention)

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JAKARTA -- Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board Thomas Lembong said the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is one of the world's most important initiatives in the 21st Century fit to galvanize the stagnant world economy.

"As global economy now encounters drastic downturn, the world now needs a new stimulus. The BRI is the correct concept as it complies with the needs of both developed and developing countries," Leong said in an interview with Xinhua. (Indonesia-Belt and Road)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese woman accused of causing the death of a man from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at a Malaysian airport in 2017, is set to be released on May 3, her lawyer said on Saturday.

Lawyer Salim Bashir of Huong's defense team said he was informed through the embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia that she would be released on that date.

On the same day, she will be sent home to Vietnam, he told state news agency Bernama. (Malaysia-Vietnamese Woman)

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ISLAMABAD -- At least eight people including women and kids were killed and six others went missing when a van carrying wedding guests was hit by a flashflood in Pakistan's northwest South Waziristan district on Saturday, local reports said.

The wedding guests were on their way to attend a wedding function of a relative when their van got hit by a flashflood caused by the overflow of a deep water drainage, ARY News reported.(Pakistan-Floods) Enditem

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