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.
Carillion made a third attempt yesterday to force its larger rival Balfour Beatty to the negotiating table over a £3bn mega-merger by offering its investors an even bigger share in the combined company.
British bank Standard Chartered has agreed to pay $300m to New York's top banking regulator for failing to improve money laundering controls.
Increase in regulated fares will take the total rise since 2010 close to 25% compared with an increase in average wages of just 6.9%
American freelance photo-journalist James Wright Foley has been beheaded by ISIS in a video message posted online and titled as ‘A Message to America’.