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.
US activist investor Jason Ader has laid out plans to install four directors on the board at bookie Bwin.Party.
The Co-operative Group reports losses of £2.5bn, the worst results in its 150-year history, after what its chief executive calls a "disastrous" year.
Vladimir Putin’s use of Soviet-era symbolism has alarmed those already fearful for the future of the country’s democratic institutions
Among the busiest roads today are the M25, the M6 through the West Midlands, and parts of the M1 northbound in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.