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Brunei's complete name is Negara Brunei Darusallam (Brunei, abode of peace). It is located on the island of Borneo, the 3rd largest in the world. The island was divided among the sultanate of Brunei, Indonesia, and the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah. Brunei at 5,270 sq. km. is about the size of Delaware. The largest city and capital is Bandar Seri Begawan.
  (SFEC, 10/18/98, p.T10)(WSJ, 10/25/05, p.A1)(SSFC, 7/16/06, p.A17)

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1658        The sultan of Brunei gave Sabah, the northeastern part of Borneo, to the sultan of Sulu, who ruled a part of what later became the Philippines.
    (Econ, 2/23/13, p.39)

1838        Gideon Barr of England borrowed money to buy an oceangoing schooner and sailed to Borneo, called Kalimantaan by the natives. He put down a rebellion against the sultan of Brunei and became the rajah of the territory. The 1998 novel “Kalimantaan" by C.S. Godshalk was based on these events.
    (SFEC, 3/22/98, BR p.6)

1946        Jul 15, Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’Izzaddin Waddaulah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei, was born. He is the latest ruling member of one of the world's oldest dynasties. His assets totaled some $30 billion.
    (www.britannica.com/eb/article-9342924?hook=702222)(WSJ, 10/25/05, p.A1)

1958        The Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque was built and named after the ruling Sultan.
    (SSFC, 6/28/03, p.C6)

1967        Oct 5, Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’Izzaddin Waddaulah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei, ascended to the throne.
    (www.brunei.gov.bn/government/)

1979        Oil production in Brunei peaked.
    (WSJ, 10/25/05, p.A1)

1984        Jan 8, Brunei Darussalam joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. ASEAN was established in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
    (www.aseansec.org/64.htm)

1984        Brunei gained independence from Britain.
    (SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)

1985        London’s Dorchester Hotel was purchased by the Sultan of Brunei.
    (http://tinyurl.com/zf7fo)

1987        The Sultan of Brunei, leader of the independent sultanate on the northern coast of Borneo, sent $10 million to support the Nicaraguan contras.
    (HNQ, 12/14/98)

1987        Marvin Davis (1925-2004), oil mogul and former owner of 20th Century Fox, sold the Beverly Hills Hotel to the Sultan of Brunei for a $65 million profit.
    (SSFC, 9/26/04, p.B7)

1997        May 31, The 7-member ASEAN alliance, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, met in Kuala Lumpur and agreed to allow Burma to become a member in July. Laos and Cambodia were also to be admitted. The members were Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.
    (SFEC, 6/1/97, p.D3)

1998        Prince Jefri, the younger brother of the sultan, resigned as the finance minister and was stripped of his post as head of the Brunei Investment Agency after Amedeo Development Corp. lost an estimated $16 billion.
    (SFC, 2/25/00, p.D4)

2000        Feb 24, The Brunei government began legal proceedings against Prince Jefri Bolkiah and froze his assets. He was accused of improper use of embezzling nearly $16 million from state coffers while serving as finance minister from 1986-1998. Jefri reached an out-of-court settlement with the government agreeing to pay the money back, which he allegedly used to buy hotels and other expensive assets.
    (SFC, 2/25/00, p.D4)(SSFC, 12/2/07, p.A31)

2000        Nov 16, World leaders at the economic summit in Brunei agreed to restart global trade talks in 2001.
    (WSJ, 11/17/00, p.A1)

2001        Aug 11, In Brunei some 10,000 items belonging to Prince Jefri Bolkiah’s bankrupt development corporation went on auction.
    (SSFC, 8/12/01, p.A18)

2002        Jul 31, In Brunei U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell met his North Korean counterpart for an informal chat, as easing inter-Korean tensions stole the spotlight at an Asia-Pacific security forum.
    (Reuters, 7/31/02)

2002        Nov 4, China signed a landmark agreement, “Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea," with ASEAN (Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam) on avoiding open conflict in the disputed South China Sea Spratly Islands. Indonesia objected and Taiwan was barred from signing.
    (Reuters, 11/4/02)(Econ, 5/22/04, p.40)(www.aseansec.org/13163.htm)

2003        May 24, Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad met with Brunei's 29th Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah to address the issue of the Kikeh oil find off Borneo.
    (WSJ, 6/27/03, p.A11)(SSFC, 6/28/03, p.C6)

2004        Mar 4, Brunei officials reported that two retired senior army and police intelligence officers and a businessman had been jailed without trial for leaking government secrets, some of them posted on the Internet.
    (AP, 3/4/04)

2004        Sep 9, Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah (30), the future king of the oil-rich sultanate of Brunei, married a 17-year-old half-Swiss commoner.
    (AP, 9/9/04)

2005        Jun 3, The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was formed with Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore as partners. It aimed to integrate the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Pacific_Strategic_Economic_Partnership)

2005         Brunei’s population in 2005 was about 370,000.
    (WSJ, 10/25/05, p.A1)(SSFC, 7/16/06, p.A17)

2006        Jun 12, Brunei police said 3 men have been sentenced to a year in prison for sending cell phone video clips that were considered seditious and insulting to the royal family.
    (AP, 6/13/06)

2006        In Brunei oil production this year measured 221,000 barrels a day. Gas production was 1.2 billion cubic feet per day.
    (WSJ, 3/1/08, p.A6)

2007        Jun 10, In Brunei a two-week lavish wedding celebration for the daughter of Brunei's sultan, one of the world's richest men, culminated in a ceremony steeped in the royal tradition.
    (AP, 6/10/07)

2007        Nov 8, Britain’s Privy Council ruled that Prince Jefri Bolkiah (53) of Brunei must transfer ownership of 2 US hotels and 3 residences in Los Angeles, London and Paris along with a trust fund to the Brunei Investment Agency. Jefri had failed to return assets in a 2000 agreement to settle accusations of embezzlement.
    (SSFC, 12/2/07, p.A31)(http://tinyurl.com/39fvcf)

2007        The population of Brunei this year was about 374,000. Malays comprised 67% and Chinese 15%. Muslims comprised 67% and Buddhists 13%.
    (WSJ, 3/1/08, p.A6)

2008        Feb 26, Brunei’s Prince Jefri effectively lost control of the 55-story New York Palace Hotel, formerly known as the Helmsley Palace. A firm owned by prince Jefri paid $202 million for the hotel in 1993 using funds from the Brunei Investment Agency (BAI).
    (WSJ, 3/1/08, p.A6)

2010        Jun 16, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (63) announced he is divorcing his Malaysian wife after five years of marriage. He had married Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim (30), a former Malaysian TV news journalist, in 2005.
    (AP, 6/16/10)

2012        Jul 20, In Brunei 12 military personnel including six cadets were killed in an air force Bell 212 helicopter crash while flying home after jungle training. 2 cadets survived.
    (AFP, 7/21/12)

2013        Oct 9, In Brunei the leaders of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (APEC) met for their annual 2-day East Asia Summit. Members first gathered together before holding group discussions with non-member partners, including the US, China, Japan, South Korea and India.
    (AP, 10/9/13)
2013        Oct 9, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called for a South China Sea of "peace, friendship and cooperation" as he extended a hand in Brunei to APEC leaders wary of Beijing's territorial claims in the strategic waters.
    (AFP, 10/9/13)

2013        Oct 22, Brunei’s sovereign Hassanal Bolkiah (67) said Brunei will begin enforcing sharia criminal law next year. Possible punishments will include stoning to death for adultery and flogging for drinking alcohol.
    (Reuters, 10/22/13)

2014        Apr 22, In Brunei the penalty for homosexuality was increased to death by stoning as part of a new broader imposition of Islamic Shariah law which also imposed death for rape, adultery and extramarital relations.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A17)

2014        May 1, Brunei embraced a form of Islamic Shariah criminal law that includes harsh penalties, a move slammed by international rights group as a step backward for human rights.
    (AP, 5/1/14)

2014        May 6, The city council of Beverly Hills passed a unanimous resolution calling for Brunei to change its laws or divest its ownership of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel. It has been the target of a growing Hollywood boycott since Brunei embraced its new penal code last week.
    (AP, 5/7/14)

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