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.
Sberbank, Russia's largest lender, is taking the European Union to court in an attempt to loosen Western sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis.
Asda, the UK's second largest retailer, is facing a mass legal action over equal pay by women who work in their stores.
Italy and Netherlands support PM over objections to European levy
Prime Minister David Cameron (pictured top) was today warned by Tory MPs he must reject the 'illegal' demand for extra cash, which represents almost a fifth of Britain's net contribution last year.