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.
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.
The US Federal Reserve says it will raise interest rates once a "considerable time" has passed after its stimulus programme ends in October.
A fraught two years of referendum campaigning has left the nation of 4m patriots and nationalists on the rack
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.