Léon-Robert de L’Astran, an 18th-century shipowner, was praised for his noble refusal to participate in the slave trade. Sadly, however, it seems that he existed only as an internet hoax — duping Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, for three years, along with Ségolène Royal and others.
The US Federal Reserve's bond-buying programme could begin to slow down this year and come to an end around the middle of next year, the country's top central banker, Ben Bernanke, said yesterday.
The Prudential Regulation Authority says the UK's top banks and building societies need to fill a £27.1bn hole in their balance sheets.
European stocks join sell-off seen across Asia and the US after Federal Reserve signals it will begin tapering asset purchases later this year
James Gandolfini has died in Italy aged 51