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.
Suites with sofas, fancy hotel restaurants and the attentive concierge were once the hallmark of luxury at the world’s grand hotels. That might be about to change. A new breed try to appeal to a generation of customers who want fewer frills and tech-friendly communal areas and have set aside £150 billion to spend on it.
Two former US agents are charged with stealing digital currency that came into their possession during an investigation into the notorious marketplace.
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As well as its picturesque setting, Rutland tops the bill for a range of other factors, bringing it to the top of the annual Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey.