Topic: East Timor
The South Sudan referendum ended with an overwhelming vote for independence – 99.57 percent of those polled voted for it – and put the region officially on track to become independent in July. How often is a country born? (Or wrested from territory of an already existing one?) Here’s a look at five of the most recent declarations of independence:
02/08/2011 02:27 pm
Terrorism & Security Christmas Island boat tragedy fuels debate over Australian policy on asylum seekers
Australia is struggling to balance humanitarian responsibilities to asylum seekers with national concerns about the economic impact of their migration.
12/15/2010 01:37 pm
The move follows Brazil days earlier, though some Jewish leaders say they worry about a copycat phenomenon that could be 'counter-productive' to the peace process.
12/07/2010 03:05 pm
Facebook and Indonesia's Internet cafes give Indonesian homeless teenagers a break from the streets and a chance to feel like a normal teen.
11/12/2010 01:00 pm
Illegal immigration has long been a political hot potato in Australia, which has a lot of foreign-born residents and an economy that is increasingly integrated with Asia. Australia's neighbors aren't biting on Julia Gillard's asylum center plan.
11/04/2010 08:12 am
Australia's Julia Gillard barely squeaked into power. But her slim majority means that passing any legislation will be tricky.
09/07/2010 10:13 am
The arrest of Indonesia cleric Abu Bakar Bashir highlights the ongoing counterterrorism work of the US-trained Detachment 88. Some groups are concerned over the police unit's alleged use of torture.
08/11/2010 01:22 pm
Just a couple thousand years ago, the world's largest rat, weighing more than the average house cat, scuttled about what is now East Timor of Southeast Asia.
07/26/2010 11:35 am
Efforts to further isolate the military junta won’t succeed. Instead, world leaders should make the best of a flawed situation and work to reintegrate Burma with the community of nations.
07/15/2010 06:44 pm
Australia's new leader Julia Gillard met resistance to her first major policy initiative: diverting asylum seekers to East Timor. The tiny country's prime minister says he was not consulted by Ms. Gillard.
07/09/2010 01:11 pm