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Australia to Help Toughen Timor’s Borders

DILI, 11 November 2019 (TATOLI) - Australia is set to spread lessons from its "tough" border protection regime to neighbouring Timor-Leste, after bilateral talks in Melbourne. Interim Interior Minister, Filomeno Paixão de Jesus met his Australian counterpart Peter Dutton Thursday, on the sidelines of the 'No...

Timor Lends Election Support to Troubled Guinea-Bissau

DILI, 06 November 2019 (TATOLI) - The Timor-Leste government has promised funds to support run-off elections in fellow former Portuguese colony, Guinea Bissau, which is hoped to break a political stalemate in the country. Timor's Council of Ministers today approved a proposal from Prime Minister, Taur...

Singapore-based Firm Takes Lead in New Timor Sea Gas Field

DILI, 08 November 2019 (TATOLI) - Singapore-based Sunda Gas has signed a production sharing contract with TIMOR GAP and the national regulator, ANPM, to develop a new gas field believed to hold trillions of cubic feet of reserves. The TL-SO-19-16 field, approximately 357 square kilometres in size,...

Petroleum Fund Posts Slight Rise in Sept Qtr

DILI, 08 November 2019 (TATOLI) — Timor-Leste's petroleum fund grew 0.5% to $US 17.55 billion in the September quarter, according to the country's central bank (BCTL). In the bank's quarterly report, Deputy Governor Venancio Alves Maria said gross capital inflows for the three months to September 30...

Gov. ‘Must Work Hard’ to Improve Business Conditions: PM

DILI, 07 November 2019 (TATOLI) – Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak said his government "must work hard" to turn around its image among the business community. Speaking after meeting with President Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, the PM admitted business conditions need to improve. "This is not easy because...

TL Loans Reach $457m as Roadworks Pick Up Pace

DILI, 07 November 2019 (TATOLI) - The Timor-Leste government has signed on to loans worth a total of $US 457.5m, a parliamentary meeting has heard. Sitalina Maria das Dores Amaral Tilman from United Public-Private Partnerships (UPPP) fronted the 2020 Budget hearings at the National Parliament...

Timor Joins Counter-Terrorism Talks in Australia

DILI, 07 November 2019 (TATOLI) - Timor-Leste's Defence and Interior Minister, Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus, has joined international counterparts at a major conference in Melbourne, Australia, aimed at tackling terrorism financing. Mr Paixão said smaller countries such as Timor-Leste have been invited to the 'No...

More Sim Cards than People in TL

DILI, 04 November 2019 (TATOLI) – There are now more sim cards registered in Timor-Leste than people in the country, according to the National Communications Authority. ANC President João Olívio Freitas said the figure comes from customers of the three major sim card providers: Timor Telcom, Telemor...

Early Interest Lodged for New Exploration Sites

DILI, 05 November 2019 (TATOLI) - Timor-Leste's National Petroleum and Minerals Authority (ANPM) said it's been approached by "one or two" companies interested in exploring for minerals at 18 new sites released for public tender. The tenders -- comprised of seven onshore and 11 off-shore...

What is Behind a Spike in DV Cases in Baucau?

DILI, 31 October 2019 (TATOLI) - Police in Baucau District are reporting a significant spike in the number of domestic violence cases reported at Venilale -- some of which are related to land disputes. Timor-Leste's National Police (PNTL) Commander Sebastião Freitas said there have now been...
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Brazil Backs Timor’s Disabilities Rights Push

DILI, 18 November 2019 (TATOLI) - The Brazilian government has backed Timor-Leste's reforms to improve the lives of those living with a disability, during ministerial...

A Rough Life at Sea and Shore for Timor Fishers

14 November 2019 (TATOLI) - Fishermen Benedito Alves Pereira knows his life at sea gets hard when the swells pick up. The Liquiçá fisherman, 35, has...

Clean Water Levels in Dili are Declining

DILI, 18 November 2019 (TATOLI) - A long dry season in Timor-Leste is sapping the water supplies of the capital, Dili, according to the...

Authorities Rule out ASF After More Rural Pig Deaths

AINARO, 19 November 2019 (TATOLI) - Timor's Ainaro District remains officially free of African Swine Fever, after authorities declared the deaths of 100 animals there...

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