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In a theatre in the central Javanese city of Solo, a troupe of performers are acting out a fight scene from Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. The god Gatutkaca is dispatching some long-haired bad guys to the delight of the audience.

Letter: Justice for Timor

Sir: As a Portuguese anti-colonialist of long standing, I cannot fail to notice that little reference has been made to Portugal as still being recognised by the United Nations as the "administering power" in East Timor.

East Timor leader Gusmao ready to work with Jakarta

JOSE ALEXANDRE "Xanana" Gusmao, the former guerrilla fighter regarded as the man most likely to be elected leader of an independent East Timor, vowed yesterday to return to his homeland soon and to work with the United Nations to set up a transitional administration.

Media: Caught up in the barminess and confusion of East Timor

David Usborne, on manouevres with the press corps in Darwin, has witnessed scenes even Evelyn Waugh could not match

After murder most foul

Indonesia has played a dangerous endgame in East Timor. The result is chaos that may spill far and wide.

Loss of `Tim-Tim' puts the president in peril

HARRY, a heavy-set Javanese man who works in an offshore oil field, was at the counter of a cellphone shop yesterday in Jakarta's Roxy Mas shopping mall, a glimmering emporium of electronics goods and three-piece suites. Asked about President BJ Habibie's decision to let foreign troops into East Timor, he reasoned: "It's a good idea. The people of East Timor have made their decision. We must let them go."

Indonesia begins to withdraw armed forces

t EAST TIMOR Australian Prime Minister Howard delivers a warning to Jakarta that any attack on peace-keepers will provoke `massive retaliation'

Indonesia pledge to pull troops from Timor

AS AN international peacekeeping force was preparing to sail from Darwin, Australia, to East Timor, the commanding Indonesian officer in the province said his 9,000 troops would withdraw peacefully as the foreign soldiers landed.

Jakarta pledge to pull troops out of Timor

AS AN international peacekeeping force was preparing to sailfrom Darwin, Australia, to East Timor, the commanding Indonesian officer in the province said his 9,000 troops would withdraw peacefully as the foreign soldiers landed.

Rebel guest of Her Britannic Majesty holds court

IF THERE was anything surprising about the angry scenes outside the British embassy in Jakarta on Wednesday, it was that nothing similar had happened before. Because for a week already, the squat and ugly Sixties block on a central roundabout downtown that is the embassy has been sheltering a special guest.

East Timor Crisis: Jakarta `planned mass exodus of refugees'

FRESH EVIDENCE is emerging of a premeditated policy by Indonesia to empty East Timor of much of its population.

East Timor Crisis: UN Mission - General croons as his soldiers preside over the death of Dili

SIR JEREMY Greenstock looked up briefly from his papers as our military plane levelled off at cruising altitude after take-off from Jakarta, bound for East Timor.

Letter: Indonesian myth

Sir: It is time to dispel a myth about the Indonesian army. Fergal Keane's comment that this army is "amongst the biggest and best equipped in the world" is nonsense ("To save East Timor, we must make life hard for the generals", 11 September).

East Timor Crisis: UN Strategy - UN seeks peace force volunteers

KOFI ANNAN, the secretary general of the United Nations, was last night beginning to persuade world leaders to start delivering personnel and equipment to the putative peace-keeping force.

FOCUS: CRISIS IN EAST TIMOR: Can the world bring Indonesia to heel?

As the UN puts pressure on Jakarta, it seems even the generals may now be powerless to call off the militias
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