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.
Warren Buffett, known as The Sage of Omaha for his investment nous, saw $1bn (£610m) wiped off the value of his stake in IBM yesterday after the technology giant posted a hefty 17 per cent fall in third-quarter profits.
Christophe de Margerie, chief executive of French oil company Total since 2007, has died when his plane crashed during take-off in Moscow.
HK chief ready to listen to suggestions for ending demonstrations
She was rightly proud of her acting talent, but Lynda Bellingham also had a gift that was far greater: she was an exceptional human being, writes CHRISTOPHER STEVENS.