Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, April 15

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SEOUL -- South Korea's unification ministry said Monday that it will consult with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on sending equipment for video reunions of Korean families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

Lee Eugene, deputy spokesperson of South Korea's unification ministry, told a press briefing that South Korea has recently completed the purchase of supporting equipment for video reunions. (S. Korea-DPRK-Video)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters confirmed on Monday that a New Zealand aid worker remained missing more than five years after she was taken hostage in Syria.

Louisa Akavi, 62, was abducted in October 2013 while travelling with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in northwestern Syria. It is believed that she had been held by the Islamic State (IS) from very early on since then. (New Zealand-Hostage)

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SYDNEY -- Australia's healthcare system is desperately under-prepared for challenges posed by climate change, a group of experts in the field of medicine and natural disaster management have warned.

Published on Monday, in the Medical Journal of Australia, University of Sydney Planetary Health Prof. Anthony Capon, along with Dr. Peter Aitken from Queensland Health's Disaster Management Unit and Prof. Gerard Fitzgerald from the Queensland University of Technology's School of Public Health said health problems related to climate change are already drastically increasing. (Australia-Climate change)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's foreign ministry has said that it "strongly protests" a new travel advisory over security concerns on its eastern Sabah state.

Malaysia's inclusion was announced by the U.S. State Department on April 9, reflecting the U.S. government's concerns about potential kidnapping or hostage-taking situations in certain areas of eastern Sabah, which borders restive southern Philippines, the statement noted. (Malaysia-U.S.-Travel advisory) Enditem

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