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In pictures: Emergency in E Timor

Unrest in East Timor

The president of East Timor has assumed emergency powers after fresh looting erupted despite the presence of Australian peacekeepers.

Unrest in East Timor

Youths wielding machetes fought in the streets and set buildings and cars alight.

Unrest in East Timor

The fighting began after 600 soldiers were sacked last month for protesting against discrimination. Tens of thousands have fled the capital Dili.

Residents in East Timor

Some of those who stayed battle to save their homes from the flames.

Australian troops in East Timor

Some 1,300 foreign peacekeepers have been deployed and the Australian commander says they are reining in the gangs.

Rice distribution in East Timor

The Australian commander has rejected fears of a humanitarian disaster but tens of thousands require distribution of rice.

Jose Ramos Horta

Foreign Minister Jose Ramos Horta appeals in the streets for an end to the violence.


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