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.
Manufacturers are all the rage in modern Britain. After years of neglect the political classes have decided they love them, given the rather important role they need them to play in rebalancing the economy away from its over-reliance on banking and the City of London.
Russia's former finance minister warns the country is entering a "full blown economic crisis" and will enter recession next year.
Catholic hierarchy suffers from many ills including ‘spiritual Alzheimer’s’, says pontiff
Strengthening economic conditions in Britain have helped the pound outperform the majority of major currencies in the past year, according to research from Lloyds Bank Private Banking.