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 share of first-time buyers fixing mortgage payments to ward off the impact of potential interest rate rises has reached an all-time high, according to figures compiled for The Independent.
People convicted of commercial crimes overseas could be banned from running UK firms in an attempt to tackle "rogue directors", Business Secretary Vince Cable says.
What Hollywood’s rediscovery of religious epics says about the Bible’s shifting place in our cultural lives
A 63-year-old man in Dehli told doctors he had swallowed a cap from a water bottle but when they operated to remove it they found 12 gold bars in his stomach.