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.
Spotify may have posted a 74 per cent rise in revenues in 2013, but the site's operating loss widened as well due to investments in product development and international expansion.
Thomas Cook chief executive Harriet Green has resigned, saying her work at the travel firm "is complete".
Missouri governor seeks to fend off criticism law enforcement had been unprepared for violence
BT has said it will launch consumer mobile phones next year. It had been widely speculated that the group would buy another provider rather than trying to build a customer base from scratch.