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.
Partners at one of London’s oldest legal firms, the 280-year-old Lawrence Graham, have approved a merger with Birmingham-based rival Wragge & Co.
Lloyds Banking Group is fined £28m, a record for a UK retail banking operation, for "serious failings" in relation to bonus schemes for sales staff.
Police descend on Kiev’s Independence Square and clashes occur but security forces leave hours later, handing short-term victory to protesters
Ashley Blake, 44, lost his job as a front man on BBC Midlands Today after being convicted of violent wounding.