Australian troops arrive in East Timor

DILI, Timor-Leste, May 25 (UPI) -- Hundreds of Australian peacekeepers are on the ground to quell growing violence in East Timor.

East Timor asks for foreign troops

DILI, Timor-Leste, May 24 (UPI) -- Australia, New Zealand and Portugal reportedly will send troops to East Timor to help the government fight hundreds of rebels in the capital of Dili.

Report warns of East Timor corruption

DILI, Timor-Leste, July 26 (UPI) -- A World Bank report finds that democracy in East Timor is fragile with many people increasingly dissatisfied with the government.

Int'l Council of Museums meets in Seoul

SEOUL, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- About 2,000 scholars and curators, some from the Louvre in Paris and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, will participate in a conference in Seoul.

Australia, East Timor close to gas deal

SYDNEY, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Australia and East Timor appear closer to an agreement on sharing revenue from the disputed oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea.

Timor-Leste wants troops to stay longer

DILI, Timor-Leste, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Timor-Leste is calling for the United Nations to deploy a 400-strong paramilitary force at least until 2006 to bolster its tiny security force.

Washington Agenda-General

By United Press International

World leaders gather for peace

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Hundreds of world leaders have gathered to discuss ways to promote peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and address rising world tensions.
JONG-HEON LEE, UPI Correspondent

E. Timor reaching out to neighbor

SINGAPORE, April 26 (UPI) -- East Timor will "spare no effort to strengthen it ties with Indonesia, although there are still a lot of "fresh scars," East Timor Foreign Minister Jose Ramos-H
SONIA KOLESNIKOV, UPI Business Correspondent
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Ramos Horta
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)

(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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