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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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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

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China's influence on fashion

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Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

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Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
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Bread from heaven

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Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

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UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before