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.
Scandal engulfed the European banking sector for a second straight day after UBS and Deutsche Bank admitted they had been dragged alongside Barclays into an escalating probe into high-frequency “dark pool” traders.
Oil giant BP reports a rise in second quarter profits to $3.2bn (£1.9bn), but warns that further economic sanctions against Russia could affect its business.
BP and Renault become the first major European groups to warn of the potential negative effect on their businesses from EU and US actions
Jack the Jack Russelll alerted owners James and Tina Gamble to the snake that was coiled up among their pots and pans in their home in Little Bentley, Essex.