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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.) 

Shock as AA chiefs quit after June float

The AA’s chief executive and finance director both quit yesterday, just two months after Britain’s largest roadside-assistance group joined the London Stock Exchange.

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One in five pupils still failing the three Rs: More than 100,000 children leave primary school having not reached basic standard

About 20 per cent of 11-year-olds failed to achieve the expected level for their age in reading, writing and maths, despite improved results overall in national curriculum tests this year.

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