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UN peacekeepers leave East Timor after 13 years

UN peacekeepers arrived in East Timor in 1999, when the Timorese voted for independence, putting an end to 24 years of occupation by Indonesia, Agence France-Presse reported.

East Timor has many challenges after 10 years of independence

Commentary: It lacks basic needs but the government is prudently saving for the future
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East Timorese soldiers of the Timor Leste Defense Force (F-FDTL) take up position on the shore as US Marines rappel from a US military helicopter during a one week joint US-East Timor military exercise in Dili on October 16, 2012. (VALENTINO DE SOUSA/AFP/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE – This has been a big year for Timor Leste, with one of the world’s smallest and most impoverished countries passing a series of important milestones.
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East Timor’s stolen children

DILI, East Timor, and JAKARTA, Indonesia — Not until she was at the deathbed of the man presumed to be her father did Alexhia Cordova da Silva’s life start to make sense. 

East Timor is changing, but not fast enough

DILI — Ten years since its violent struggle for independence ended, East Timor’s population is swelling, with hundreds of families returning from overseas. However, re-adapting to the new East Timor is proving a challenge for their adult children.

East Timor elections: what's at stake

DILI — Crammed atop the roofs of honking buses, bare-chested and hands free, hundreds of young men are tearing through Dili’s streets. Doused in face paint and draped in flags, it feels like the mob mayhem of a soccer match only it’s a political campaign – East-Timor style.
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