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.
Co-operative Bank has stopped offering new business loans amid concerns over its capital position and talks with UK regulators.
Britain wants the EU to agree at least a 40 per cent cut in greenhouse emissions but leave members free to decide how to achieve the reduction
EXCLUSIVE: David Cameron is planning new powers to muzzle Islamic hate preachers accused of provoking terrorist outrages such as the killing of soldier Lee Rigby.