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Antioch to suspend operations in 2008

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio, June 12 (UPI) -- Antioch College, the little liberal Ohio college that produced Coretta Scott King, said Tuesday it will suspend operations after the next academic year.

Ramos Horta wins Timor presidency

DILI, Timor-Leste, May 10 (UPI) -- Nobel laureate Jose Ramos Horta says he wants to hear the final election results before claiming the Timor-Leste presidency.

All quiet in Timor-Leste presidential vote

DILI, Timor-Leste, May 9 (UPI) -- Voters in Timor-Leste are choosing a new president they hope will end violence in the troubled Pacific nation.

Timor-Leste presidential runoff set

DILI, Timor-Leste, May 8 (UPI) -- Both Jose Ramos-Horta and Francisco Guterres have agreed to accept the results of a presidential election runoff in violence-ridden Timor-Leste.

Runoff likely in Timor-Leste election mess

DILI, Timor-Leste, April 11 (UPI) -- Five candidates in the Timor-Leste presidential election refuse to recognize the outcome of polling, even before the announcement of a likely runoff vote.

Presidential voting begins in Timor-Leste

DILI, Timor-Leste, April 9 (UPI) -- Polling began quietly in troubled Timor-Leste, in the election to replace independence leader Xanana Gusmao as president.

Timor-Leste braces for elections

DILI, Timor-Leste, April 8 (UPI) -- Easter Sunday services in Timor-Leste were packed, with many citizens thinking ahead to Monday's presidential elections.

J Lo receives Amnesty International award

BERLIN, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Amnesty International honored American actress-singer Jennifer Lopez during the Berlin Film Festival for her latest film, "Bordertown."

Security concerns plague Timor-Leste

DILI, Timor-Leste, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer had some blunt words for Timor-Leste saying the nation must not depend on Australia or the U.N for its security. Downer visited Dili Monday for talks with Timor's Prime Minister Jose Ramos Horta and Indonesian

Humanitarian crisis remains in Timor-Leste

DILI, Timor-Leste, July 15 (UPI) -- Timor-Leste may have a new government, but aid workers say the humanitarian crisis in the fledgling nation is not over.

East Timor wants Australian troops to stay

SYDNEY, July 11 (UPI) -- Timor-Leste Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta says he wants Australian troops to stay in his country at least until the end of the year.

New prime minister in East Timor

DILI, Timor-Leste, July 9 (UPI) -- Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta has been sworn in as prime minister of Timor-Leste.

Violence grips troubled Timor-Leste

DILI, Timor-Leste, June 25 (UPI) -- In the wake of Timor-Leste Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri's refusal to resign, the country's political system has been thrown into turmoil.

Talks in Timor-Leste delayed

DILI, Timor-Leste, June 5 (UPI) -- A meeting on bringing the rival factions of Timor-Leste's police and military together for peace talks has been postponed.

Australia sends more troops to Timor

DILI, Timor-Leste, May 28 (UPI) -- Australia is increasing troop levels and sending police in an effort to quash widespread mob violence in East Timor, the BBC reported Sunday.
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Jose Ramos-Horta, President of Timor-Leste addresses 63rd session of the General Assembly at the UN on September 25, 2008 in New York City. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
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(José Manuel Ramos-Horta (Portuguese pronunciation: ), GCL (born 26 December 1949) is the second President of East Timor since independence from Indonesia, taking office on 20 May 2007. He is a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize and a former Prime Minister, having served from 2006 until his inauguration as President after winning the 2007 East Timorese presidential election. As a founder and former member of the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN), Ramos-Horta served as the exiled spokesman for the East Timorese resistance during the years of the Indonesian occupation of East Timor (1975 to 1999). While he has continued to work with FRETILIN, Ramos-Horta resigned from the party in 1988, and has since remained an independent politician.

After East Timor achieved independence in 2002, Ramos-Horta was appointed as the country's first Foreign Minister. He served in this position until his resignation on 25 June 2006, amidst political turmoil. On 26 June, following the resignation of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, Ramos-Horta was appointed acting Prime Minister by the President, Xanana Gusmão. Two weeks later, on 10 July 2006, he was officially sworn in as the second Prime Minister of East Timor. On 11 February 2008, Ramos-Horta was injured when he was shot during an assassination attempt.

Of mestiço ethnicity, Ramos-Horta was born in Dili, capital of East Timor, to a Timorese mother and a Portuguese father who had been exiled to what was then Portuguese Timor by the Salazar dictatorship. He was educated in a Catholic mission in the small village of Soibada, later chosen by FRETILIN as headquarters after the Indonesian invasion. Of his eleven brothers and sisters, four were killed by the Indonesian military.

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