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Ségolène Royal and Wikipedia duped by tale of anti-slavery activist

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 Independent (U.K.) 

Most pundits are wrong. The oil price fall is good news at last

It looks very much as though 2015 will be a good year for the world economy, after all – and, if it is, that will be thanks to the fall in the oil price. It won't be good for everyone and we have already seen the pressure it puts on the Russian leadership – though, before you conclude that sometimes there is natural justice in the world, remember that the people who are hurt are not leaders such

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Pound strengthens against 42 currencies this year spelling better news for tourists heading to Scandinavia

Strengthening economic conditions in Britain have helped the pound outperform the majority of major currencies in the past year, according to research from Lloyds Bank Private Banking.

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