Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1100 GMT, June 5

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysians celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday with thousands attended the annual Open House hosted by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Muslim holy month of Ramadan, is celebrated on Wednesday in Malaysia. (Malaysia-Eid al-Fitr)

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HANOI -- The prime ministers of Vietnam and Italy agreed here on Wednesday to strengthen contacts and exchanges of various levels as well as all-round cooperation.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his visiting Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte reached consensus on boosting cooperation on politics, diplomacy, economy, culture, education, training, science, technology, security, national defense, sustainable development, climate change response and locality connectivity, Vietnam News Agency reported. (Vietnam-Italy-Cooperation)

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VIENTIANE -- Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has pointed out difficulties and shortcomings facing the economy in a report presented at the seventh session of the eighth legislature of the Lao National Assembly, which held in Lao capital Vientiane Wednesday.

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said that although the national economy grew at a rapid rate of 6.5 percent in the past four months, it was slower than the rate recorded in recent years. (Laos-PM-Economy)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's unification ministry said Wednesday that a plan was approved to donate eight million U.S. dollars to two international organizations for food aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The ministry's panel to promote the inter-Korean exchange and cooperation, comprised of government officials and civilian experts, endorsed the plan to provide 4.5 million U.S. dollars to the World Food Program (WFP) and 3.5 million U.S. dollars to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) each, the ministry said in a statement. (S.Korea-DPRK-Aid)

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JAKARTA -- Rescuers have been searching for the 17 crew of a cargo boat which sank in the waters off Central Sulawesi province, Indonesia, head of the search and rescue office in the provincial capital Basrano said on Wednesday.

The capsizal took place on Saturday, but was known on Tuesday after one of the crew was rescued alive by an Indian ship NV Nurbayaksar, the crew member named Yakob informed about the incident, head of the office revealed. (Indonesia-Boat Accident-Rescue) Enditem

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