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 International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Greece needs €50 billion (£35 billion) and massive debt relief to keep it afloat over the next three years.
BP has reached an $18.7bn (£12bn) settlement with the US Department of Justice following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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Mortgage lender Nationwide said house prices dropped by 0.2 per cent on the month in June - well below economists' forecasts of a 0.2 per cent rise.