Dili identifies site for refugee centre

Daniel Flitton Julia Gillard's plan to turn East Timor into a regional hub to process refugee claims has been boosted after the government in Dili identified a possible site in the country's south to house asylum...

UN court postpones East Timor spy case

Office raided: Lawyer Bernard Collaery.

Harriet Alexander The UN's highest court has postponed a hearing in a bitter spy row between Australia and East Timor after both countries said they were pursuing an "amicable settlement".

East Timor yearns for real independence 15 years after the UN referendum

Jose Ramos Horta

Shannon Gillies East Timor's former president Jose Ramos-Horta warns that there are no short cuts to peace, to nation-building and state-building in a country that is struggling to build independence on its own...

Xanana Gusmao to quit as leader of East Timor

Michael Bachelard East Timor’s resistance leader turned Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmao, has announced he will retire as leader of the tiny republic some time this year.

Timor journalists fight repressive new media laws

Determined: East Timorese journalist Jose Belo has vowed to fight proposed media laws.

Lindsay Murdoch Jose Belo was shackled, hung upside down, electrocuted, beaten, burnt and jailed for three years in the mid-1990s because of his resistance to Indonesia’s brutal occupation of East Timor.

East Timorese stone Australian embassy

The Australian embassy in Dili, East Timor.

Dili, East Timor About 100 protesters in Dili throw rocks at the Australian embassy, with police responding with tear gas as spying row intensifies.

Australian troops leave East Timor to begin crafting its new beginning

Heading home: The last 50 Australian infantry personnel line up to leave Dili on Friday.

Lindsay Murdoch First time in almost 500 years the small half-island nation stands alone in the world.

Last Australian troops leave East Timor

East Timor. 
The last 50 Australian infantry personnel left Dili today.  Photo by Jason South. 18th January 2013. The Age East Timor. 
The Age found Fernanda Dos Santos (33) with her daughter Deolinda, at home in the mountain village of Dato after first photographing them in a refugee camp in Liquica in 1999. 
Photo by Jason South. 17th January 2013.

Lindsay Murdoch, South-east Asia Correspondent, Dili Six-year intervention helped secure stability in the fledgling South-east Asian nation.

Australian acquitted of plot to kill wants Timor's top job

An emotional Angelita Pires listens to the judge after being found not guilty on charges of conspiring to assasinate the Timorese President Jose Ramos Horta. THE AGE . news . MARCH 03, 2010 . pic by Steve Tickner .

Lindsay Murdoch THE Timorese-born Australian woman acquitted last year of conspiring to murder East Timor's President, Jose Ramos-Horta, plans to stand for his job next year.

Move on to Mid-East, Gusmao tells UN


Lindsay Murdoch DARWIN: East Timor's Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmao, has told staff of the United Nations mission in his country that they should pack up and offer their services to countries like Iraq, Afghanistan...

Timor rejected Chinese spy offer

Philip Dorling China recently tried to establish a spy base in East Timor, according to leaked US diplomatic cables.

US denied visa to Yudhoyono aide over alleged crimes

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Philip Dorling THE US has blackballed one of the closest advisers to the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, for alleged involvement in East Timor war crimes, say leaked US diplomatic cables.

UN wants East Timor to take harder line

Lindsay Murdoch DARWIN: The United Nations Security Council has urged East Timor to stop granting impunity for serious crimes as it extended the stay of the UN mission in the country.

East Timor leaders scathing about crucial UN report

Lindsay Murdoch DARWIN: East Timor's leaders have objected to large sections of a crucial United Nations agency report on the country only weeks before the UN Security Council reconsiders its $200 million a year...

Timorese rebel demands back pay

Lindsay Murdoch DARWIN: Gastao Salsinha, the rebel commander convicted of attempting to murder East Timor's top two political leaders, is stirring trouble again only four months after being pardoned and released...

Timorese tweak Canberra with patrol boat buys

Lindsay Murdoch East Timor is acquiring two navy patrol boats from South Korea as the country moves further out of Australia's sphere of military influence.

Six years later, army to pull out of Timor

Lindsay Murdoch Australian troops will withdraw from East Timor in 2012 - six years after hundreds of them arrived in the half-island nation to quell violent upheaval.

Ramos-Horta loses bid for second term

Jose Ramos Horta

Jose Ramos-Horta has lost his attempt to win a second term in office, with preliminary results from East Timor's presidential race showing he has failed to win enough support to feature in a...

East Timor's Jose Ramos-Horta bows out

Dili President concedes defeat after country holds second free presidential election.

East Timor MPs vote to suspend justice minister

Justice Minister Lucia Lobato

Dili East Timor's Parliament has suspended the country's justice minister after a court summoned her to face charges of corruption and abuse of power.