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1) UN soldiers in East Timor attacked at military post 22/06/00 (Associated Press) DILI - U.N. soldiers in East Timor were attacked at a fortified military post near the Indonesian border on Wednesday, a spokesman said.

2) UN bows to pressure and gives Timorese more power 22/06/00 (Sydney Morning Herald) DILI - Under pressure to give East Timorese more responsibility for their own affairs, the United Nations announced yesterday it would more than double the size of the country's de facto parliament and make it all Timorese.

3) Former foreign minister Alatas questioned on Timor carnage 22/06/00 ('Detik') JAKARTA - Former Foreign Minister Ali Alatas said that the Department of Foreign Affairs (Deplu) never offered the option of independence to East Timor. During the tripartite negotiations, Deplu was always reluctant to propose such an option and never once mentioned the word independence.

4) East Timor officials meet Portuguese officials ahead of donors' conference 22/06/00 (AP) LISBON - East Timor has moved beyond the stage of only needing humanitarian assistance and is now ready to implement reconstruction programs, a World Bank official said Wednesday.

5) UN setting bad precedent in E. Timor : environmentalists 22/06/00 (Kyodo) DILI - The U.N. Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) is sending a wrong message to the devastated territory by failing to allocate funds for environmental protection in its new budget, according to local environmentalists.

6) Thailand names 2 as potential U.N. force chief in East Timor 22/06/00 (Kyodo News) BANGKOK - Thailand has submitted to the United Nations the names of two Thai commanders as candidates to replace Lt. Gen. Jaime de los Santos.

7) Ex Indonesian security minister quizzed over Timor atrocities 22/06/00 (AP) JAKARTA - A former security minister was questioned Tuesday about human rights violations in East Timor during the last days of Indonesian rule in the half-island territory, officials said.

8) Vietnamese boat people spotted in East Timor 22/06/00 (Kyodo News) DILI - A boat carrying eight Vietnamese men, apparently migrants bound for Australia, was spotted Monday by U.N. civilian police in East Timor, a U.N. spokeswoman said Wednesday.

9) Review of the documentary 'The Diplomat' 22/06/00 (The Australian) Zubrycki was given considerable access to his subject, and Ramos Horta comes across as an intelligent, witty, urbane man not without his flaws.

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