Timor Leste

Flash floods in Indonesia and Timor Leste kill more than 50

Torrential rain sparked widespread destruction, with flood water from overflowing dams submerging thousands of homes on the islands.

The affected area stretched from Flores island in eastern Indonesia to the neighbouring nation of Timor Leste.

Rescuers are still attempting to find survivors, and officials warned the death toll could rise further.

"Four sub-districts and seven villages have been impacted," Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati told reporters.

Maritime boundaries: Vanuatu to learn from Timor

Timor Leste signed a treaty with Australia this year resolving a long-standing boundary dispute.

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and Timor's chief negotiator on maritime boundaries, Xanana Gusmao, met this week in Port Vila.

A government statement said Mr Salwai wants Vanuatu to learn from Mr Gusmao, who mentioned Vanuatu's support for his country's fight for independence.

Mr Gusmao suggested Vanuatu raise the issue of maritime boundaries at the United Nations.

Vanuatu held talks this year with France over the Matthew and Hunter islands.