East Timor

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

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...

Australia ordered to cease spying on East Timor by International Court of Justice

Tom Allard Australia has been ordered to cease spying on East Timor and its legal advisers, in a landmark decision by the International Court of Justice relating to a bitter dispute between the two countries...

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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.

East Timor: Oil and troubled borders

Tom Allard In the International Court of Justice this week, as lawyers from Australia and East Timor traded barbs and legal arguments, the emotions have been raw.

East Timor seeks to scrap oil treaty with Australia in The Hague over spying allegations

Xanana Gusmao

Nick Miller East Timor’s government will not be deterred in pressing its case to scrap an oil treaty worth billions of dollars over claims of spying by Australia, an international negotiator says.

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.

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...

East Timor calls for end to blockade of Burma

NEW YORK: East Timor's President, Jose Ramos-Horta, has urged the United States and Europe to lift sanctions against Burma after the junta released the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Stooge row in East Timor election

Michael Bachelard Fretilin candidate accuses one of his main rivals of being a 'cat's paw' of the government.

Fate of East Timor's stolen generation in Indonesia finally coming to light

 Mrs Madalena Soares

Lindsay Murdoch They were East Timor's stolen generation. Between 1975 and 1999 about 4000 young and vulnerable Timorese were secretly taken to Indonesia where some of them were forced to work in slave-like...

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.

Ex-army chief set to lead East Timor

Former army chief and guerrilla leader Jose Maria de Vasconcelos, also known as Taur Matan Ruak, casts his vote during the country's presidential election in Dili March 17, 2012. Polling stations opened in East Timor on Saturday in a presidential election seen as a key test of stability in Asia's youngest and poorest nation. REUTERS/Beawiharta (EAST TIMOR - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Michael Bachelard, Dili Vasconcelos seems almost certain to win amid disappointingly low voter turnout.

East Timor braces for violence as former military chief takes poll lead

East Timor vote

Michael Bachelard DILI: A military man recommended by the United Nations for criminal prosecution six years ago seems almost certain to become the next president of East Timor.

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.

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.

Gusmao powers on in East Timor

Xanana Gusmao

Michael Bachelard East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has consolidated his power and extended his lead over the country's opposition, winning the largest bloc of votes in the country's parliamentary elections.

Gusmao consolidates power in East Timor elections

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Michael Bachelard East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has consolidated his power and extended his lead over the country's opposition, winning the largest bloc of votes in the country's parliamentary elections.