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.
Government plans to become a global wind powerhouse were dealt a further blow today, when a giant £5.4bn project off the west coast of Scotland was scrapped, because the sea bed was too hard, the waves were too strong – and because it would disturb thousands of basking sharks.
The Irish Republic's exit from its bailout rescue is a "milestone" but not the end of the road, the country's finance minister says.
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Elisabetta Grillo (right) told Isleworth Crown Court that although she was shocked by photographs of Charles Saatchi pinching Nigella's nose and throttling her (left) which emerged earlier this year.