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Timor is an island, twice the size of Massachusetts with more than 900,000 residents. East Timorese are Roman Catholic and speak Tetum and Portuguese because of the 400 year colonial rule by Portugal. The islanders are a mix of Asian and Melanesian with ties to Polynesia and the Malaysian archipelago. The capital of East Timor is Dili. East Timor is 13,500 sq. km (5,600 sq. mls).
(SFC, 10/12/96, p.A13)(SFC, 3/3/98, p.A6)