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.
Prosecco is outstripping champagne in global sales, as more consumers pop the cork on bottles of Italy’s famous sparkling wine.
The troubled Co-operative Group is set to award large pay rises and bonuses to its senior staff, it emerges.
Rescue teams search for Flight MH370 with 239 aboard
These remarkable photos, published for the first time, give a rare and uncensored view of the horrors of the First World War from behind enemy lines.