Bhutan and Nepal kick off qualifying hike to Russia 2018
Bhutan and Nepal kick off qualifying hike to Russia 2018

The long road to Russia 2018 kicks off in the outposts of Asia on Thursday with the world`s worst international team, Bhutan, making their World Cup qualifying debut and eyeing a first win of any sorts since 2008.

American tourist leaves East Timor after six-month ordeal


Dili: An American tourist has returned to the United States after six months trapped in East Timor over the discovery of drugs in a taxi that she was sharing.

Independence hero Gusmao to remain in East Timor government

 Independence hero Xanana Gusmao will remain in East Timor`s new government as a minister after stepping down as premier, the government said Wednesday, as he seeks to ensure a smooth transition for the new administration.

Opposition figure to be PM in East Timor unity government

 An opposition politician is set to become East Timor`s new prime minister after the resignation of independence hero Xanana Gusmao, it was announced Tuesday, as the country seeks to form a national unity government.

East Timor PM Xanana Gusmao resigns: Government

East Timor`s prime minister and independence hero Xanana Gusmao has resigned, the government said on Friday, but a successor has yet to be chosen.

US cheers release of American in E Timor drugs case

 The United States welcomed Thursday the release of an American woman held in East Timor jail for nearly two months after drugs were discovered in a taxi she was sharing.  

US woman held in East Timor in drugs case

An American woman is being held in East Timor after her arrest two months ago following the discovery of drugs in a taxi that she was sharing, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Bhutan, Maldives, East Timor eye maiden Asian Games medals
Bhutan, Maldives, East Timor eye maiden Asian Games medals

 Three countries at the 17th Asian Games are tuning up and hoping for their first podium finish at the continent's largest sports event, scheduled to open here Friday.

Earthquake of 6.3 magnitude strikes off East Timor: USGS

An earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck off East Timor on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Sri Lanka, Goa post wins in beach volleyball at Lusofonia

Sri Lanka continued their winning streak in men`s beach volleyball at the Lusofonia Games as they defeated Angola in straight sets here Friday, while Indian team too emerged victorious.

Lusofonia Games set to begin from Saturday

Goa is all set to host the 10-day long Lusofonia Games from Saturday, which would be held across six stadiums, until January 29.

East Timor holds run-off vote for new president

Francisco "Lu Olo" Guterres and Taur Matan Ruak joined small lines forming in Dili to cast their ballots.

East Timor President concedes defeat in election

Jose Ramos Horta campaigned tirelessly for East Timor`s independence for more than two decades.

Troops could soon leave East Timor: Australia

Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith welcomed the success of weekend Presidential Elections.

East Timor`s Ramos Horta ready to step down

Jose Ramos Horta has
indicated he`s ready to step down as East Timor`s President
after a poor showing in weekend elections.

East Timor votes for new president in key test

East Timor declared independence in 2002 following decades of harsh rule by Indonesia.

UN on back foot in row with Timor PM

The East Timor PM accuses UN of trampling on his country`s sovereignty.

East Timor police take over from UN force

The National Police of Timor-Leste will be responsible for the whole country.

UN council highlights East Timor police `credibility` concerns

The UN Security Council extends the stay of its mission in East Timor.

Australia holds talks with East Timor on refugee hub

Australia will discuss the issue in Indonesia and Malaysia later in the week.