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U.N. chief names East Timor's Ramos-Horta envoy to Guinea-Bissau

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday named Nobel Peace prize laureate and former president of East Timor, Jose Ramos-Horta, as his special representative to Guinea-Bissau, a West African nation that has become a narcotics hub.Full story

Clinton seeks to boost democracy in Asia's newest country

DILI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a short visit to East Timor on Thursday, throwing her considerable diplomatic weight behind a fledgling government trying to bring Asia's newest country closer to its booming Southeast Asian neighbors. Full story

Cars stoned in East Timor as ruling party forms coalition

DILI (Reuters) - East Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao's party, which won elections though not a decisive majority this month, will form a coalition that excludes main opposition group Freitilin, the prime minister said on Sunday. Full story

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