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.
One of Italy’s richest and most famous businessmen is set to take control of the sunglasses maker he founded more than fifty years ago.
A plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", looks set to be shelved, the BBC understands.
The rejection of mayor’s £100bn plan puts the spotlight back on the expansion of Heathrow, Britain’s largest airport, and could revive a government policy split
Gary Parker, 26, dragged his 37-year-old girlfriend Melanie Adams around their home in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, while her children cowered in fear upstairs.