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2006-08-31 01:04:43

By Lirio da Fonseca DILI (Reuters) - International security forces and U.N. police in East Timor have launched a search for rebel leader Major Alfredo Reinado who escaped from jail with more than 50 prisoners, officials said on Thursday. Reinado, who was one of the figureheads of a revolt that plunged the fledgling nation into chaos in May, escaped from Becora jail near the capital on Wednesday. Brigadier Mick Slater, the head of Australian troops in East Timor, said the prisoners...

2006-08-17 03:01:09

By Jerry Norton DILI (Reuters) - During the day, Fernanda Gomez stands at her tiny roadside kiosk selling canned goods and sundries in front of the blackened remains of burned-out houses in her village near Dili. At night, the 25-year-old mother of two retreats to a refugee camp near the city's airport. "It's difficult to return home in the evening," she tells Reuters, because people were still fighting. Nearly three months after an international force of soldiers and police...

2006-07-25 07:27:08

By Muklis Ali JAKARTA (Reuters) - The priority for East Timor's new prime minister, Jose Ramos-Horta, is reconciliation after months of political crisis, Indonesia's presidential spokesman said on Tuesday. Ramos-Horta, on his first trip abroad since becoming premier on July 10, made the comments during a meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The Nobel Laureate, a fierce critic of Indonesia's 1975-1999 military occupation on East Timor, came to power after his...

2006-07-11 05:22:23

By Lirio da Fonseca LIQUICA, East Timor (Reuters) - A rebel leader at the center of allegations against East Timor's former prime minister laid down his arms on Tuesday, a symbolic move aimed at building peace in Asia's newest nation. Jose Ramos-Horta, who took over as prime minister on Monday, has pledged to restore security in the tiny, impoverished country after weeks of political crisis and violence. Ramos-Horta, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was appointed after the June 26...

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...


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