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Killer crocodiles: Why are more humans being attacked in East Timor?

Nov 29, 2019 - 11:22 AM

People are targeted by crocodiles while they are fishing in small boats, or bathing and collecting water to drink

local resident in Suai Loro, Timor-Leste  J By Jack Nugent/Shutterstock.com

East Timor celebrates 20 years since historic independence vote

Aug 30, 2019 - 6:04 PM

The capital Dili is filled with banners and flags as residents gear up for festivities, two decades after the tiny nation saw a rocky transition to stable democracy

20 YEARS. This file photo shows pro-independence students of East Timor University during a demonstration in front of their university in Dili, East Timor 04 May 1999, a day before the signing in New York of documents setting out a UN-supervised poll on the territory's future. File photo by WEDA/AFP

Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz: Fighting to empower East Timor's poor

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:00 AM

2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Mana Lou says the poor in her country 'have a lot of things, but they don't know what to do with them because of lack of education'

PH's Howard Dee, 5 others named 2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardees

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Other awardees of Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize are Youk Chang of Cambodia, Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz of East Timor, Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk of India, and Vo Thi Hoang Yen of Vietnam

RAMON MAGSAYSAY AWARDEE. Former Ambassador Howard Dee is honored for his contributions to peace and social justice. Photo from ue.edu.ph

East Timor signs maritime border deal with Australia

Mar 07, 2018 - 1:12 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres witnesses the signing of the treaty, which is the first-ever reached under a special conciliation mechanism of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

TREATY. After signing the treaty during a United Nations ceremony, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop tells reporters that East Timor stands to gain 'substantial benefits' from the deal. File photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

East Timor parliament dissolved, new elections called

Jan 26, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Speaking at the presidential palace, President Francisco Guterres calls for new parliamentary elections to put an end to 'a serious institutional crisis' and blasted leaders for turning 'their backs to each other'

NEW ELECTIONS? East Timor President Francisco Guterres announces the dissolution of parliament in Dili on January 26, 2018. Photo by AFP/Valentino Dariel Sousa

The week in photos: July 15-21, 2017

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:25 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A captain of the Red Ants, a municipal team tasked with evictions, cracks his whip to speed up the eviction inside Fattis Mansion in downtown Johannesburg on July 19, 2017.  Residents of the allegedly illegally occupied building were forcibly removed by dozens of red clad security men and their belongings laid on the pavement outside the building. Several buildings in the central district of Johannesburg are illegally occupied by a large number of residents, often migrants, who live in substandard conditions. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Ex-guerrilla wins East Timor presidential poll – early count

Mar 21, 2017 - 3:56 PM

UPDATED With most ballots counted Francisco Guterres – known by his nom de guerre Lu Olo – received over 57 of votes cast in Monday s March 20 poll according to the election commission

POLL WINNER. East Timor presidential candidate and former guerrilla fighter, Francisco Guterres, known by his nom de guerre 'Lu-Olo,' casts his ballot in the presidential election in Dili on March 20, 2017. Valentino Dariel Sousa/AFP

East Timor votes in presidential poll seen as sign of stability

Mar 20, 2017 - 2:57 PM

The vote comes at a challenging time for the tiny half island nation 15 years after gaining independence

PREPARING FOR THE POLLS. East Timorese people stand next to ballot boxes that will be distributed for the upcoming presidential elections in Dili on March 19, 2017. Valentino Dariel Sousa/AFP

East Timor and Australia to tear up sea border treaty

Jan 09, 2017 - 9:57 AM

East Timor has now officially notified its southern neighbor it wants to end the Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea CMATS which carves up future revenue from oil and gas reserves in the area

An outside view of the Peace Palace, seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, at The Hague, Natherlands, February 1, 2012. UN Photo/ICJ/Capital Photos/Gerald van Daalen

Australia says tribunal has no jurisdiction over East Timor border

Aug 29, 2016 - 4:09 PM

East Timor has been demanding that Australia renegotiate the border which cuts through lucrative oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea

A picture made available July 28, 2014, shows the seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace), in The Hague, the Netherlands on August 27, 2013. File photo by Guus Shoonewille/EPA

Ex-general linked to human rights abuses is new security minister

Jul 27, 2016 - 1:57 PM

Wiranto named to the powerful post in a cabinet reshuffle is among senior officers indicted by United Nations prosecutors over gross human rights abuses during the 24 year occupation of tiny East Timor

NEW SECURITY MINISTER. Wiranto, a controversial former general is the new security minister of Indonesia. Photo by EPA

Thousands protest outside Australian embassy in East Timor

Mar 22, 2016 - 6:31 PM

The protesters want Australia to renegotiate its maritime boundary with East Timor in the energy rich Timor Sea

epa05225053 East Timorese students during a protest outside the Australian embassy in Dili, East Timor, also known as Timor Leste, 22 March 2016. Hundreds of students staged a protest demanding a dialoque between Australian and East Timor governments to resolve a boundary dispute. EPA/ANTONIO DASIPARU

East Timor makes debut in Winter Youth Olympics

Feb 14, 2016 - 11:05 PM

Alexi Gonclaves Goutt the Southeast Asian country’s lone representative to the Lillehammer Winter Youth Olympic Games 2016 is the first Timorese to compete in the youth event

TIMORESE PRIDE. Alexi Gonclaves Goutt is set to compete in 4 events in Alpine Skiing. Photo by Pallavi Prasad/ Youth Information Service

Back to the future: Resetting priorities for peace

Feb 13, 2016 - 2:30 PM

The consideration of the BBL has been postponed till after the national elections in May 2016 This enforced hiatus may be an opportunity to address the issues linked to transitional justice and the peace process

Former East Timor guerrilla killed in security operation

Aug 09, 2015 - 4:34 PM

Mauk Moruk died Saturday August 8 after a joint police and military operation in the town of Fatulia in Harare province a government spokesman says

Singapore jails Indonesian for SEA Games match-fixing

Jul 21, 2015 - 5:48 PM

The Indonesian had offered Sg 15 000 11 000 to the East Timor soccer official the CPIB said in a statement

Frangcyatma Alves of East Timor (L) challenges for the ball against Pham Duc Huy of Vietnam (R) during their first round football match at the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore on June 7, 2015. Photo by Mohd Fyrol/AFP

SEA Games football rocked by match-fixing scandal

Jun 01, 2015 - 6:51 PM

The SEA Games were rocked by a match fixing scandal on Monday when East Timor s under 23 team manager was suspended over alleged bribery and corruption

East Timor accepts resistance hero PM's resignation

Feb 09, 2015 - 1:43 PM

UPDATED The resignation of independence hero Xanana Gusmao paves the way for a major government overhaul and a new chapter in the nation s short history

A file picture dated 05 February 2014 shows East Timor Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao speaking during a joint press conference with his Portuguese counterpart Pedro Passos Coelho (not pictured) after their meeting at Sao Bento Palace, in Lisbon, Portugal. File photo by Joao Relvas/EPA

East Timor's Gusmao offers resignation

Feb 06, 2015 - 1:57 PM

A government statement says Gusmao has sent his letter of resignation from the post of prime minister to the president Taur Matan Ruak

A file picture dated 05 February 2014 shows East Timor Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao speaking during a joint press conference with his Portuguese counterpart Pedro Passos Coelho (not pictured) after their meeting at Sao Bento Palace, in Lisbon, Portugal. File photo by Joao Relvas/EPA

Ramos-Horta to lead review of UN peacekeeping

Nov 01, 2014 - 1:46 AM

The UN says the independent review of peace operations will include the issues that the Philippines raised after the controversial siege of its peacekeepers

Journalists 'outraged' as Australia drops 'Balibo Five' probe

Oct 22, 2014 - 4:05 PM

It sends a dreadful message that no matter the scale of the tragedy governments can find plenty of excuses to sit on their hands and do nothing

NO JUSTICE? An undated copy photograph of Greg Shackleton, one of five Australian journalists killed while trying to capture images of Indonesian troops as they invaded Balibo, East Timor in 1975. Image by EPA

Stories in every stitch

Aug 24, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Atauro Island in Timor Leste is home to farmers who harvest crops fishermen who haul shoals of fish and artisans who sew dolls and stuffed toys

Martinez, 3 countries and the Winter Olympics

Feb 15, 2014 - 10:02 PM

UPDATED The Philippines is not the only Southeast Asian nation competing in this year s Winter Games Check out some fast facts about PH Thailand and East Timor s participation

Sex with underage girls proves you're a man?

Jan 19, 2014 - 11:10 AM

Timor Leste s education vice minister argues Are you a man or a woman? A man is a man Only homosexuals don’t enjoy it

CONTROVERSIAL. This photo of an alleged affair between a principal and his reported student, both from Dili, has sparked controversy in East Timor. Screengrab from Facebook group page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/EmergingLeadership)

East Timor says Australia spies used aid cover: reports

Dec 10, 2013 - 12:05 PM

The East Timorese government believes it has identified a number of Australian spies who allegedly bugged its offices accusing them of using an aid program as cover

With UN gone, East Timor faces up to economic challenges

Jan 20, 2013 - 2:53 PM

East Timor is striking out on its own after 13 years of UN protection facing the daunting challenge of how to retool its economy and ease its dependence on energy to tunnel out of poverty

E. Timor bids farewell to peacekeepers after 13 years

Dec 31, 2012 - 8:05 AM

The mission which saw the presence of some 1 500 UN troops and police will take down its flag and send home the last of its peacekeepers

UN hands full police powers to East Timor

Oct 31, 2012 - 3:14 PM

United Nations peacekeepers in East Timor on Wednesday October 31 handed full responsibility for policing to Asia s youngest nation

East Timor can cope without UN peacekeepers

Aug 15, 2012 - 7:40 PM

UN secretary general Ban Ki moon says East Timor is ready to take charge of its own security

85% of 'Coral Triangle' reefs at risk

Jul 09, 2012 - 11:16 AM

More than 85 percent of reefs in Asia s Coral Triangle are directly threatened by human activities such as coastal development pollution and overfishing a new report warned Monday July 9

Fish swim in the coral reef of Bunaken Island national marine park in northern Sulawesi on May 14, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD

E.Timor celebrates a decade of independence

May 20, 2012 - 2:18 PM

East Timor s new president on Sunday May 20 lauded the maturity of his young country s democracy at celebrations marking 10 years of independence which come as UN forces prepare to leave at year s end

Rappler Newscast | May 17, 2012

May 17, 2012 - 8:19 PM

Senators say Chief Justice Renato Corona will likely attack the credibility of evidence Vitug says the country’s bank secrecy laws are out of sync with campaigns against corruption and money laundering And how did Jessica do in the last elimination round of American Idol?

East Timor marks 10th anniversary in crucial year

May 17, 2012 - 10:33 AM

Ten years after winning formal independence following a brutal occupation by Indonesia East Timor is struggling to escape extreme poverty corruption and an over reliance on energy revenues

Ex-defense minister Ruak elected East Timor president: preliminary results

Apr 17, 2012 - 10:53 AM

Ruak won 275 441 votes or 61 23 percent while Francisco Guterres known as Lu Olo took 174 386 or 38 77 percent according to a count announced by the elections secretariat which organized Monday s polls

Voting begins in East Timor presidential run-off

Apr 16, 2012 - 7:22 AM

Either of 2 candidates is set to replace Nobel Prize winning Jose Ramos Horta who trailed in 3rd place in the first round last March 17

Ramos-Horta out as East Timor heads for run-off

Mar 18, 2012 - 10:37 PM

East Timor is heading for a run off in its presidential election with the Nobel Prize winning incumbent Jose Ramos Horta out of the race a polling official said Sunday

Opposition ahead in East Timor election count

Mar 18, 2012 - 5:24 PM

Early results from East Timor s presidential polls on March 18 showed the opposition Fretilin party s Francisco Lu Olo Guterres has surged ahead with incumbent Jose Ramos Horta lagging in third

East Timor goes to the polls

Mar 15, 2012 - 6:09 PM

The election in East Timor comes as it celebrates its 10th year of independence