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...

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.

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.

Asylum seekers find no solution in East Timor

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Michael Bachelard Three weeks ago some of the world's unluckiest people were given one more reason to curse their fate.

Scarred leader seeks healing role

Jose Ramos-Horta

Lindsay Murdoch On the eve of his departure from office, East Timor's President talks to Lindsay Murdoch about the future of his fledgling nation.

East Timor calls for hero's body to be returned

East Timorese troops.

Lindsay Murdoch, Dili East Timor has made a new plea for Indonesia to return the remains of Timorese national hero Nicolau Lobato on the eve of the country's 10th anniversary of independence.

Corruption claims sour Timor party

Xanana Gusmao

Lindsay Murdoch, Dili The East Timorese political party headed by Prime Minister and former guerilla leader Xanana Gusmao has been accused of corruptly raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations, as...

Timor fund chief makes light of $10.5bn account

Oligario de Castro

Michael Bachelard "If I've got $600 million a year ... you'll partake in it," Olgario de Castro reassures his mates, his voice caught by a secret recorder as coffee cups clink in the background.

Eyes on Timor's testing election

Dili East Timor is about to face a crucial test of its fragile democracy in parliamentary elections.

East Timorese weigh unity as poll count continues

East Timor's election commission volunteers count ballots

Michael Bachelard and Mouzinho Lopes East Timor's sometimes fractious politicians are discussing the extraordinary possibility of forming a government of national unity, in which all the parliamentary parties would govern together.

East Timor considers rainbow government

East Timor's politicians are considering forming a government of national unity.

Michael Bachelard and Mouzinho Lopes East Timor's politicians consider forming a combined-government of national unity.

Violence in East Timor after snub to party

Lindsay Murdoch Timor Independence Pictures. Xanana Gusmao. Photo: Pamela Martin

Michael Bachelard Violence erupted in East Timor late last night, apparently prompted by political party Fretilin being excluded from a role in the new governing coalition.

Cars burned as violence erupts in East Timor

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao

Michael Bachelard VIOLENCE has erupted in East Timor, apparently prompted by political party Fretilin being excluded from a role in the new governing coalition.

Fretilin denies responsibility for violence

Mari Alkatiri

Joyce Morgan, Dili East Timor's president calls for calm after night of violence in the capital leaves one man dead.

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.