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 banking industry's reputation suffered another blow yesterday as City watchdogs fined Lloyds Banking Group a record £28m for operating a toxic culture that led one desperate salesman to mis-sell policies to himself, his wife and a colleague to avoid automatic demotion.
The Royal Bank of Scotland is fined $100m by US regulators for violating US sanctions against Iran, Sudan, Burma, and Cuba.
Demonstrators braced for more police action on Independence Square in Kiev as president’s position weakens in the face of persistent pro-EU protests
Sir Michael Wilshaw said the education authorities had been 'fooling ourselves' for years that standards were improving because grades were going up.