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2006-06-24 03:30:13

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - Leaders of East Timor's ruling Fretilin party are to meet on Sunday amid widespread speculation they might ditch embattled Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. The party hierarchy had planned to meet on Saturday, but hundreds of protesters demanding Alkatiri step down stopped key representatives from attending. "It is now postponed because of the demonstration," party spokesman Stanislau Da Silva told reporters. "Some members of the central committee have not...

2006-06-23 06:05:10

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - East Timor President Xanana Gusmao appeared on Friday to withdraw a threat to resign over a dispute with the country's premier, promising thousands of supporters at a rally in the capital that he would always serve them. "I am your big brother," Gusmao told the crowd, which had gathered all day outside the government headquarters in Dili, clamouring for the resignation of Mari Alkatiri, the embattled prime minister blamed for the political crisis....

2006-06-23 03:37:33

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators thronged East Timor's capital on Friday to support President Xanana Gusmao in his confrontation with the young nation's prime minister, who has refused the president's demand to step down. In an impassioned speech late on Thursday after talks failed to persuade Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri to quit, the popular Gusmao had said he would resign if Alkatiri did not take responsibility for weeks of arson attacks and killings. That...

2006-06-22 08:54:34

By Lirio da Fonseca DILI (Reuters) - East Timor President Xanana Gusmao said on Thursday he would step down if the country's prime minister refused to take responsibility for a weeks-long crisis in which the country has been racked by violence. He spoke in a broadcast to the nation after a second day of tense meetings failed to bring the resignation of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, blamed by thousands of protesters for the violence in which at least 20 were killed, widespread...

2006-06-22 05:20:44

LISBON (Reuters) - East Timor's President Xanana Gusmao has announced he could step down, Portugal's Lusa news agency reported on Thursday. Gusmao would resign if Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri does not step down as Gusmao has demanded, Lusa said. The agency reported that Gusmao would state his intentions in a message to the country. "I am asking comrade Alkatiri to take responsibilities for the crisis that we are going through in terms of the survival of the state of democratic law,"...

2006-06-21 07:42:24

By Lirio da Fonseca DILI (Reuters) - East Timor President Xanana Gusmao has asked Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri to resign, government sources said on Wednesday. Officials including Alkatiri met at the presidential office to discuss the demand, but the meeting ended inconclusively in the afternoon and will resume on Thursday, the sources said. The request to Alkatiri was contained in a letter sent on Tuesday night, East Timor's ambassador to Indonesia Arlindo Marcal told Reuters....

2006-06-20 10:34:26

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council renewed for two months on Tuesday its political mission in East Timor while U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan considers adding security personnel to the U.N. operation. In a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member council requested Annan to provide by August 7 a report on a "strengthened presence" of the world body in the western Pacific country. The young nation was plunged into violence in May after...

2006-06-17 04:23:17

By Lirio da Fonseca DILI (Reuters) - An East Timor rebel leader said on Saturday his followers have surrendered all their weapons, but the tiny country's foreign minister believed other renegade groups were still armed. The world's youngest nation experienced a series of protests this year after some 600 members of the 1,400-strong army were sacked, which evolved into widespread violence in May. An estimated 100,000 people were displaced and at least 20 killed because of the...

2006-06-13 15:27:35

By Nick Olivari UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. special envoy Ian Martin on Tuesday called for U.N. peacekeepers to return to East Timor to help stabilize the country a year after U.N. forces were withdrawn. Martin told the U.N. Security Council international assistance should extend from policing to long-term development of a national police force. "I don't believe this crisis is about Timor Leste being a failed state," Martin told reporters, calling the country by the name used...

2006-06-06 09:53:39

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent JAKARTA (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld hailed restored U.S. military ties with Indonesia, but was told that America was seen as "overbearing" when it appeared to be pushing its anti-terrorism policies on others. The Pentagon chief heard the blunt message from Indonesian Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono, who said "as the largest Muslim country, we are very aware of the perception or misperception that the United States is...


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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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