East Timor's president was critically wounded Monday after rebel soldiers attacked him and the prime minister separately during what officials called a failed coup attempt.
By Admin and PBS NewsHour
East Timor's President Xanana Gusmao appealed to the country's military and police forces Thursday to cease feuding and work together to unite the country a week after fighting flared between soldiers and rebels.
By PBS NewsHour
Jubilant crowds swarmed the streets Monday as foreign dignitaries and locals alike welcomed the emergence of the world's newest nation, East Timor.
United Nations election monitors certified the landslide victory of long-time resistance leader Xanana Gusmao in East Timor's first presidential election. The vote is one of the final steps towards the full independence of the half-island region.
Residents of the tiny half-island territory of East Timor voted overwhelmingly last weekend for a popular independence leader to become their first elected president.
Voters turned out in force in East Timor for the first democratic election in the region's turbulent history.
Two years after declaring its independence from Indonesia, East Timor prepares for its first democratic election Thursday.
In her first major speech as Indonesia's president Thursday, Megawati Sukarnoputri said she respected the breakaway province of East Timor's bid for independence.
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