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.
Michael O'Leary, the outspoken Ryanair boss who has harboured dreams of owning Aer Lingus, will be told this week to sell around half of the budget airline's stake in Ireland's national flag carrier.
Co-operative Bank has stopped offering new business loans amid concerns over its capital position and talks with UK regulators.
Britain wants the EU to agree at least a 40 per cent cut in greenhouse emissions but leave members free to decide how to achieve the reduction
The Titanic director reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific in his futuristic sub Deepsea Challenger.