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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.) 

Tax avoidance investigations up by a quarter as HMRC rakes in extra £39m by targeting the rich

A Finance Team set up by HM Revenue and Customs to target wealthy fund managers and investment bankers has brought in £39 million since it started in September 2012, while the number of investigations is up by a quarter in the last year.

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George Osborne's 2015 Budget raises personal income tax allowance to £10,800

The Chancellor said that workers will start paying 40 per cent tax at £42,385 from April this year - a £520 increase from the current £41,865 threshold.

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