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The Apprentice: Series 9 - Nick Hewer, Lord Alan Sugar and Karren Brady

Apprentice 2013 gets straight to the finger point: Hundreds of the thousands tune in just to see Lord Sugar say 'You're Fired!'

Forget the preamble, let's get straight to the pointed finger. This appears to be the consensus among viewers of the new series of The Apprentice. This week hundreds of thousands tuned in only to watch the bit when Lord Sugar fires someone, rather than sit through the preceding 55 minutes.

James Ashton: Time for us to team up with the Germans after their fallout with France?

Europe’s grand alliance of France and Germany is crumbling like a fresh chèvre. The leaked memo from Angela Merkel’s coalition partners this week only confirmed what everyone else suspects about the French economy under the stewardship of François Hollande.

The industry, centred around London’s Silicon Roundabout, is rocked by the row over the firm founded by Mike Lynch

The rise of the graduate entrepreneur

Britain's booming tech industry is gasping for new talent and fresh ideas. Duncan Hopwood examines the options open to bright graduates

Billionaire Britain: Just how little the rich contribute would shock most people

We are living in an economy increasingly geared to catering to the wealthy

Former Times editor James Harding with Rupert Murdoch in 2011

'Honoured' to join the BBC: James Harding - the man who tore it to bits

New colleagues may be unsettled by the views printed in The Times during his time as editor

The Pursuit of Happyness

Don’t just hope – make your own career

Young people now face a triple-dip recession of jobs, opportunities and prospects – but we can do more than just hope for the best

Darron Gibson of Everton is congratulated by his team-mate Seamus Coleman after scoring the opening goal

Everton 2 QPR 0 match report: Harry Redknapp says talk of talent at QPR is 'cobblers'

QPR look destined for the Championship

Renewed focus on enterprise

Business schools are aiming to help develop more start-ups, says Stephen Hoare

Legal age to buy crackers cut as part of 'pointless' red tape rules to be scrapped from tomorrow

Dozens of cuts to red tape will come into force tomorrow, including reducing the age for buying Christmas crackers, saving businesses millions of pounds, the Government has announced.

Will Arbuckle's adventure training savvy helped his business

Finance careers are a lot like trekking

Distinct experience demonstrates a broad skillset, says Matt Symonds

Children will be offered the chance to dress up as Barbie

Protesters plan to occupy life-sized Barbie Dream House

Barbie and her boyfriend, Ken, could receive police protection after activists vowed to protest against a life-sized Barbie “Dream House” due to open as a tourist attraction in Berlin next month.

Beyonce with her father and former manager Mathew Knowles

Beyoncé's father Mathew Knowles speaks of 'incredibly painful' departure as her manager

Knowles says it was hard to let Beyoncé go after managing her for 20 years

Piers Linney who is to join the team on TV's Dragons' Den.

Secret Millionaire Piers Linney to join Dragon's Den

Entrepreneur Piers Linney is to join the team on TV's Dragons' Den, the BBC said today.

Reach for the sky: the Nepalese women climbing the tallest mountain on each continent

International Women’s Day: breaking the global glass ceilings

Numerous events will be taking place to mark International Women’s Day. In Afghanistan there will be the launch of the Herat International Women’s Film Festival, the first of its kind, which will show 30 films by and about women.

Tony Fernandes said his aim was to establish QPR in Premier League

Losses and debts pile up at Loftus Road as free-spending QPR count the cost

Chairman Fernandes spent £25m on players in his first season to leave club owing £89m

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore