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Brunei on edge amid oil slump

Nervous authorities throttle media discussion

Media film the field parade during Brunei's 2015 national day celebrations.

Once known for its abundant oil wealth and the extravagant lives of its royal family, Brunei is a country of little political consequence to outsiders.

It gained world attention however in 2014 when the government implemented a new Islamic penal code based on Sharia, introducing death by stoning, the severing of limbs and flogging for offenses such as adultery, theft, and sodomy as potential criminal penalties.

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