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.
British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines Group last night formally tabled a €1.4bn (£1bn) bid for the Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus.
The Irish government agrees to sell its 25% stake in Aer Lingus to IAG, the owner of British Airways.
Anti-terrorist and crime prevention measures are producing a hostile urban landscape
The budget airline - famed for its off-hand treatment of passengers and sneaky fees - dramatically changed its tune after a series of profit warnings last year.