Latest East Timor News

Australia deports woman to Vietnam over smuggled pork

Oct. 15, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia for the first time has canceled a tourist's visa over undeclared food as the country tries to keep itself free of African swine fever. The 45-year-old woman who arrived at Sydney International Airport on Saturday had undeclared food in her luggage including 4.5...

General who brought East Timor peace returns 20 years later

Sep. 18, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian army general who led an international peacekeeping mission that ended a bloody rampage following East Timor's vote for independence returned to the national capital Dili on Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of his arrival. Peter Cosgrove had just been appointed...

Indonesians bury former president Habibie at state funeral

Sep. 12, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following the ouster of dictator Suharto, was buried on Thursday in a state funeral with full military honors. Thousands of mourners lined the...

Former Indonesian President Habibie dies at age 83

Sep. 11, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following the ouster of the dictator Suharto, has died. He was 83. His unpopular presidency was the shortest in modern Indonesia's history, but was...

East Timor marks anniversary of vote for independence

Aug. 30, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timor on Friday marked the 20th anniversary of a referendum that secured its independence from Indonesia, which invaded the former Portuguese colony in 1975. Commemorative banners and posters filled the streets of Dili, where thousands gathered for festivities including...

Australia to improve East Timorese internet and naval base

Aug. 30, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Friday announced a new maritime security agreement with East Timor in which the fledgling democracy will gain naval infrastructure and an undersea internet link with the world as China increases its influence in the region. Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared a...

Australian spy charged with bugging leak denied legal aid

Aug. 29, 2019 2:30 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former Australian spy charged with conspiring to reveal classified information about an allegation that Australia bugged East Timor's government during negotiations over the sharing of billions of dollars in oil and gas had been denied legal aid and might not be able to...

2 whistleblowers appear in Australian court over leaks

Aug. 22, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two whistleblowers appeared in a Canberra court on Thursday charged separately with leaking classified government information that alleges Australia bugged East Timor's Cabinet and potential war crimes committed by Australian troops in Afghanistan. Free speech demonstrators...