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1. In a coun­try where lèse ma­jesté (vi­o­lat­ing majesty) is a pun­ish­able crime, which monarch in­vited pub­lic crit­i­cism in a 2005 speech, re­sult­ing in thou­sands of ar­rests? 2. The ex­act time of ac­ces­sion of which present-day monarch is un­known? 3. In Malaysia who holds, among other ti­tles, the rank of Mar­shal of the Royal Malaysian Air Force in his full con­sti­tu­tional du­ties as com­man­der-in­chief of the Malaysian Armed Forces? 4. On Jan­uary 4, 1960 who be­came the ruler of Ije­bu­land in Nige­ria? 5. Whose of­fi­cial res­i­dence is the Is­tana Nu­rul Iman, with more than 1,000 rooms?

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