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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.) 

Scottish independence: City traders and Bank face long night on alert

Bankers, traders and the technocrats at the Bank of England and the Treasury are gearing up for the busiest day since the heights of the global financial crisis as the market awaits the Scottish referendum result in the early hours of tomorrow.

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Would you take a small fortune to dance with this wrinkly billionaire? Well, Joan Collins, Sophia Loren, Grace Jones and Geri Halliwell all did

Every year 81-year-old Richard Lugner famously bribes a glamorous female celebrity to be his companion at the glittering Vienna Opera Ball. And stars including Sophia Loren (pictured) said yes.

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