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 owner of O2 has emerged victorious in its €7bn battle to buy a Brazilian broadband giant, outbidding its Italian rival.
Shares rise in London after Scotland rejects independence, as a rally in the pound fades.
Prime minister pledges greater powers for English MPs over English legislation after Scotland voted decisively to remain part of the union
The dream is over for Alex Salmond, who cancelled an appearance at the Aberdeenshire count - where 60 per cent of his own constituents voted 'No' in a crushing defeat for the First Minister.