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Cheryl Cole 'in talks' with Simon Cowell

Cheryl Cole is "in talks" about her future with Simon Cowell after she was dropped from the US version of The X Factor, according to Cowell's friend Sinitta.

Cheryl Cole's career is faltering

Cheryl Cole's future is uncertain after reports that she has been replaced as a judge on the US version of The X Factor.

Cheryl Cole receives three film offers

Cheryl Cole has reportedly received three movie offers in the US.

Letter from the editor: A broadcasting first

Richard Bacon’s afternoon show on Radio 5 is always a treat, and today’s edition promises to be especially thrilling.

Cannes confidential: A critic's-eye view of the festival news

Scandal, glamour, satires on the Pope and Sarkozy, lost masterpieces and the usual suspects: it's all go on La Croisette

Look! Big Hair just grew even bigger

Harriet Walker on the gravity-defying trend that's stepping out of a salon near you

X Factor's Gamu 'wins deportation appeal'

Former X Factor hopeful Gamu Nhengu and her family have won their appeal against deportation, her lawyer said today.

Sarah Brown: 'I should have spoken up about the things said about Gordon'

Power is not what attracted me to Gordon Having power has to be about the contribution a person can make. It was how he has been able to take the thing that he is good at and use it to serve, through political life. As Martin Luther King said: "Everybody can be great... because everybody can serve."

Will America learn to understand Cheryl Cole?

Singer sent to voice coach after landing role on US 'X Factor'

Cheryl Cole lands US X Factor job

Cheryl Cole finally landed her longed-for role as a judge on the US version of The X Factor today and declared: "I can't wait to get started."

Cheerleader must compensate school that told her to clap 'rapist'

A teenage girl who was dropped from her high school's cheerleading squad after refusing to chant the name of a basketball player who had sexually assaulted her must pay compensation of $45,000 (£27,300) after losing a legal challenge against the decision.

Diary: The gospels according to Eady: a privacy judge with limitless ambition

Kill that fatted calf, the prodigal judge is returned. After months of quietude since his power to assign cases was removed, Sir David Eady is back in the spotlight ... and this time, with last week's contra mundum injunction, it's global and eternal. Indeed, there seem no limits to his ambitions in the area of privacy, and he is known to have rewritten the gospels from start to finish, with the Eady J Bible scheduled to replace the King James and others this time next year.

Heads Up: The Most Incredible Thing

Cometh the hour, cometh the Pet Shop Boys' ballet

Deborah Ross: Surrender to the fleece and the game is up

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HMV Christmas sales hit by severe weather

Music chain HMV delivered more dismal sales figures today after its peak trading season was "significantly undermined" by severe weather.

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