Xanana Gusmao

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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(...)

Xanana Gusmão shows his ink-stained finger after voting in the capital, Dili, in Timor-Leste’s general election on Saturday. Photograph: Lirio Da Fonseca/Reuters

Timor-Leste independence hero Xanana Gusmão is expected to be reappointed prime minister after the country’s second parliamentary election in less tha(...)

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(...)

Happy Hour at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Mary Boland

It’s happy hour at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club on Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh, where half-price cocktails are plentiful but foreign correspondent(...)

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(...)

East Timor’s President, Taur Matan Ruak takes regular trips to the most remote districts and walks from village to village to talk to villagers, here he is greeted by the village elders in Marobo. Photograph: Cedric Arnold/realfeatures.com

In the village of Marobo, a gruelling seven-hour drive from Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste, the arrival of president Taur Matan Ruak has all the (...)

Catch of the day: traders sell fish at the evening market on Dili’s promenade. Photograph: Rosie Nic Cionnaith

“Hello, Missus. Where you going?” This is Okto’s daily greeting, delivered with an impish grin from across the street where he mans his kiosk. I cross(...)