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Brunei: tropical sultanate with oil wealth and sharia law

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the world's second-longest reigning monarch, celebrated his golden jubilee Thursday with lavish celebrations, including a glittering procession and 21-gun salute.

Sultan of bling: Brunei monarch marks golden jubilee in style

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei's all-powerful and fabulously wealthy sultan marked 50 years on the throne in lavish style Thursday, travelling in a gilded chariot through the streets and holding a tradition-filled ceremony at his golden-domed palace.

Sultan of bling: Brunei monarch marks golden jubilee in style

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei's all-powerful and fabulously wealthy sultan marked 50 years on the throne in spectacular style Thursday, travelling in a gilded chariot through the streets and holding a tradition-filled ceremony at his golden-domed palace.

Brunei's sultan bans Christmas in hardline shift

Bandar Seri Begawan - Christmas is just around the corner, but there are no tinsel-laden trees or Santa hats in the oil-rich sultanate of Brunei, where celebrations have been banned under a shift towards hardline Islamic law.

Jay Leno latest to shun Brunei-owned hotels

Los Angeles - US television star Jay Leno joined a growing list of celebrities vowing to boycott a luxury hotel chain linked to Brunei's sultan after he introduced a controversial Islamic penal code in his country.

Celebrities boycott Brunei-owned hotels over sharia law

Kuala Lumpur - Celebrities including Virgin group founder Richard Branson have vowed to boycott a hotel chain linked to Brunei's sultan after he introduced a controversial Islamic penal code in his country.

Brunei sharia penal code to take effect

Bandar Seri Begawan - A controversial new penal code for oil-rich Brunei that will eventually include tough Islamic sharia penalties such as severing of limbs and death by stoning was due to officially come into effect on Thursday.

Brunei sultan pushes ahead with tough sharia code

Bandar Seri Begawan - The sultan of oil-rich Brunei announced that tough Islamic criminal punishments would be introduced Thursday, pushing ahead with plans that have sparked rare domestic criticism of the fabulously wealthy ruler and international condemnation.

Brunei announcement on controversial sharia law expected

Bandar Seri Begawan - The Sultan of Brunei is expected to make an announcement on Wednesday on his plans to introduce tough Islamic criminal punishments that have been criticised by the United Nations.

Brunei delays introduction of tough Islamic law

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei has postponed its implementation of tough Islamic criminal punishments that were due to begin Tuesday and have drawn condemnation from the UN's human rights office and rare criticism at home.

New Brunei penal code punishes gay sex with death by stoning

Brunei - The tiny, oil-rich southeast Asian nation of Brunei has implemented a harsh new Islamic penal code that punishes a range of "crimes" with execution, including death by stoning for individuals who engage in gay sex acts.

New Sharia law: Muslim adulterers to be stoned in Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan - The sultanate of Brunei announced on Tuesday it will implement a severe Sharia law penal code for its Muslim citizens in a few months.

Qatar tops Forbes list of world's richest countries

Topping the Forbes list of world's richest countries is the small Arab emirate of Qatar, with a population of just 1.7 million people.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei divorces 30-year old wife

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei has divorced his third wife, Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim, a 30-year old former Malaysian TV journalist.

Three-quarters of Bruneians want cheating husbands to be whipped

A new survey in Brunei suggests that the majority of Bruneians want husbands who cheat on their wives to be whipped. But also a majority of respondents feel cheating wives should receive the same punishment.

British Judges Settle The Royal Family Of Brunei Family Feud

It's awfully tough to divide up the family fortune. Especially so for the royal family of Brunei. The sultan and his brother have been battling for years over what they considered an equitable division of the family's billions. Finally, a resolution.
 

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The all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world's richest men, announced last year he would push ahead with the introduction of sharia law, eventually including tough penalties such as death by stoning or severed limbs
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