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.
India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, presented a budget yesterday that put boosting growth before painful reforms, claiming that the country’s economy was about to “take off”.
Services on the East Coast rail route between London and Scotland return to private hands after more than five years in the public sector.
Boris Nemtsov, one of the most senior leaders of Russia’s political opposition, has been shot dead in central Moscow
The state-backed lender confirmed it would pay a full-year dividend of 0.75p per share to 2.7million investors, handing out a total of £535million.