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.
American billionaire Ken Griffin has filed for divorce from his wife, Anne Dias-Griffin, while she was on holiday with their children.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its forecast for global economic growth this year, from 3.7% to 3.4% but the UK's forecast is raised.
Israel’s military had no immediate comment on the shelling attack on the school, which brought the total death toll in Gaza to nearly 750
Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said today that the wreckage of the flight, which had 116 people on board, had been spotted in his country's desert north.