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2006-07-08 07:45:19

By Lirio da Fonseca DILI (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta is to be East Timor's new prime minister, President Xanana Gusmao told reporters on Saturday, a move aimed at ending weeks of political uncertainty in Asia's newest nation. A favorite of the international community, Ramos-Horta, 56, has been acting as temporary coordinating minister since Mari Alkatiri stepped down as prime minister on June 26. Ramos-Horta had been a spokesman abroad for East Timor in...

2006-07-08 03:41:43

DILI (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta is to be East Timor's new prime minister, President Xanana Gusmao told reporters on Saturday. "I have met with the Fretilin party ... Jose Ramos-Horta is to be prime minister, first deputy prime minister is Estanislau da Silva and the second deputy is Rui Araujo," he said after a meeting with leaders of the country's dominant political party. Ramos-Horta had been a spokesman abroad for East Timor in its struggle to gain...

2006-07-05 00:38:16

GLENO, East Timor (Reuters) - A group of rebel soldiers in East Timor surrendered their weapons to Australian peacekeepers on Wednesday, part of a process aimed at restoring calm to Asia's newest nation. The tiny Pacific country was thrown into chaos in May after almost 600 members of the 1,400-strong army were sacked, splitting the security forces and unleashing violence and looting that was only ended by the arrival of an Australian-led intervention force. Major Augusto Araujo,...

2006-06-30 00:00:41

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - East Timor President Xanana Gusmao made a surprise appearance at a rally of supporters of the prime minister, who was forced quit this week, vowing a full investigation to get to the bottom of the political crisis. Gusmao, a widely popular independence hero whose threat to resign forced Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri to quit instead, told a hard core of Fretilin party supporters on Friday that the unity of the nation was more important than individual...

2006-06-28 23:34:46

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of ousted East Timor Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri headed for the capital on Thursday as the country's president hinted he could take matters in his hands and decide on a replacement until next elections. Around 3,000 supporters of the ruling Fretilin party, traveling in a convoy of packed trucks, buses, cars and motorbikes, were winding their way from Hera, about 16 km (10 miles) from Dili, under escort by international...

2006-06-28 17:42:30

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States supports an extended United Nations mission in East Timor to help the three-year-old Southeast Asian state recover from violent protests, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric John told a Congressional hearing that the United States was working to shape a U.N. response to the political turmoil in the former Portuguese colony, annexed by neighboring Indonesia in 1976. "We believe a U.N. successor...

2006-06-28 04:56:40

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of ousted East Timor Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri turned back from a march on the capital on Wednesday, but several buildings were torched as feuding gangs clashed in Dili. Alkatiri quit on Monday after weeks of protests and, while President Xanana Gusmao considered the ruling Fretilin party's suggestions for a replacement, thousands of party supporters gathered outside Dili, preparing to march on the capital. But on Wednesday a...

2006-06-28 02:53:44

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of ousted East Timor Prime Minister Alkatiri turned back from a march on the capital on Wednesday, but several buildings were torched as feuding gangs clashed in Dili. Alkatiri quit on Monday after weeks of protests and, while President Xanana Gusmao considered the ruling Fretilin party's suggestions for a replacement, thousands of party supporters gathered outside Dili, preparing to march on the capital. But on Wednesday a...

2006-06-28 00:53:04

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of ousted East Timor Prime Minister Alkatiri turned back from a march on the capital on Wednesday, but several buildings were torched as feuding gangs clashed in Dili. Alkatiri quit on Monday after weeks of protests and, while President Xanana Gusmao considered the ruling Fretilin party's suggestions for a replacement, thousands of party supporters gathered outside Dili, preparing to march on the capital. But on Wednesday a...

2006-06-27 22:26:05

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - Fears of renewed violence in East Timor rose on Wednesday after several houses and small shops in the capital were torched by protesters allied with or against ousted Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. Alkatiri quit on Monday after weeks of public protest and, while President Xanana Gusmao mulled the ruling Fretilin party's suggestions for a replacement, thousands of party supporters gathered outside Dili, preparing to march on the capital. Hopes for an end...


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Australia
2013-02-18 13:27:43

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country involving the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and a number of smaller islands. It’s the world’s sixth-largest country regarding to total area. Some of the neighboring countries include East Timor, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. For at least 40,000 years before European...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'