China's foreign minister Wang Yi met with the leaders of Samoa on the third stop of an island-hopping tour aimed at deepening China's ties with Pacific nations.
The runoff is between incumbent President Francisco Guterres and challenger Jose Ramos-Horta, with the winner set to take office on May 20, the anniversary of the restoration of East Timor’s independence.
Asia's youngest nation is holding its fifth presidential elections since independence, with concerns over political stability and economic security at the forefront.
Reports of damage included parliamentary buildings, a school, a hospital and houses in several cities, while a large gorilla statue in an amusement park in the town of Batu lost its head.
Indonesia's disaster management agency said it had recorded 130 deaths in a cluster of remote islands near East Timor, where another 27 have been officially listed as dead.
Tropical cyclone Seroja pounded Indonesia and East Timor after torrential rains triggered floods and landslides that have killed at least 113 people and left dozens more missing.
One would think leaders worthy of international recognition as peacemakers wouldn't have blood stains on their names. But these leaders certainly do:
Narendra Modi, Donald Trump and US politicians unite under the banner of Islamophobia.
David William McBride appears in court on charges relating to the leaking of classified documents about Australian Special Air Service involvement in Afghanistan to ABC journalists.
More than 190 million Indonesians voted, with a record 245,000 candidates running for public office, in the world's third-biggest democracy, from the presidency and parliamentary seats to local positions.
With almost all the votes counted in Saturday's poll, a coalition of East Timor's opposition parties was underway to win an election held after months of deadlock, getting 49.59 percent of the total votes.
Thousands of East Timorese lined up to cast votes in a general election on Saturday, in a bid to end months of political deadlock in the tiny Southeast Asian nation's parliament.
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