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.
Security giant G4S has slumped to a £170 million pre-tax loss as it took a major hit from the cost of settling a scandal in which it overcharged taxpayers for the electronic tagging of offenders.
A quarter of payday lenders could be forced out of the market as the Financial Conduct Authority investigates the way they treat borrowers struggling to repay their loans.
Nation had a wider government deficit than the UK as a whole in 2012-13, delivering a blow to anti-union supporters ahead of referendum
Nine witnesses have come forward to say that they saw 'noise and lights' in the north-east near the Thai border at about the time the plane vanished.