East Timor

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East Timorese students  in Indonesia participate in a rally in front of the Australian embassy in Jakarta on March 24th, 2016. They sought “good faith” to end a long-running dispute over oil and gasfields in the Timor Sea. Photograph: Bay Ismoyo/Getty

At the end of next month Timor-Leste will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its 1999 referendum on independence. Marred by appalling massacres by Indo(...)

People gather outside during an earthquake evacuation near Darwin Entertainment Centre in Darwin, Australia. Photograph: Harriet Robinson/via Reuters

A strong earthquake has struck in Indonesia’s Banda Sea, with the tremor felt in the north of Australia. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude(...)

Ireland’s 2001-2002 membership of the UN Security Council, dominated by the response to the 9/11 attacks, was the last time Ireland held one of its 10 non-permanent seats.

Richard Ryan, Ireland’s permanent representative at the United Nations, was preparing for the second week of the Irish month-long presidency of the UN(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar   in Brussels last week. He will be attending a series of events in New York on Monday marking the formal launch of Ireland’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.  Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Winning a seat on the UN Security Council would place Ireland “at the heart of UN decision-making on international peace, security and development,” T(...)

A supporter of the Fretilin  party shouts during a rally in Dili, Timor-Leste, ahead of parliamentary elections on Saturday. Photograph: Lirio Da Fonseca/Reuters

In April 1999, when Indonesian troops burned down his family’s house and arrested his father in the rural town of Maliana in East Timor, Fidelis Magal(...)

Martin Browne with farmers weeding their maize seed production area in East Timor.

I first visited East Timor (Timor-Leste) in 2005, as a backpacker embarking on an overland trip back home. Though I spent just over a week in the coun(...)

Max Stahl in Santa Cruz cemetery: one of a few foreign journalists working secretly in the country, he filmed the soldiers shooting, beating, and dragging people away. Photograph: Mary Boland

November 12th, 1991. As day breaks, an eerie quiet hangs over Santa Cruz Cemetery in Dili, East Timor. Among the pretty headstones – some painted whit(...)

Residents who support a united Spain give their farewell to Spanish police officer leaving the Pineda de Mar hotels in Barcelona. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

Most of today’s nations emerged from the dissolution of empires. Nationalisms now threaten the dissolution of states. The independence movement in Cat(...)

Nominated UN secretary general Antonio Guterres attending a news conference at Necessidades Palace in Lisbon, Portugal on Thursday. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

António Guterres, the former Portuguese prime minister who is poised to become the next UN secretary general, has built a reputation as a consensus bu(...)

The tallest men on the planet come from the Netherlands, while the tallest women are from Latvia, according to a new study. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The tallest men on the planet come from the Netherlands, while the tallest women are from Latvia. And while the Irish don’t make the top 10 for height(...)

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