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Drinks giant announced plans to cut costs by £200m as Chinese sales decline

Simon Cowell has waved goodbye to Paula Abdul, Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger

The axe factor: Simon Cowell culls talent show judges as he searches for lost ratings

Power broker scouts for a 'bigger celebrity' as Fox show's viewing figures fail to meet expectations

Which one's Bez? Louis, Niall, Harry, Liam and Zayn of One Direction eye up their female fans

One Direction, National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
Janet Devlin / The Risk, Forum, Hatfield

What does the female audience do at a One Direction concert? Go nuts and buy calendars

Simon Cowell warned Cheryl to 'raise her game'

Simon Cowell warned Cheryl Cole to "raise her game" days before she was sacked from 'The X Factor'.

Simon Cowell 'bored' of The X Factor

Simon Cowell grew "bored" of 'The X Factor' before taking the show's format to the US.

Video: Hamilton and Scherzinger engaged

Lewis Hamilton has apparently asked Nicole Scherzinger to marry him. And her dad spilled the beans!

Cheryl Cole's still a good friend, says Simon Cowell

X Factor boss Simon Cowell hopes he is still "close friends" with Cheryl Cole after dropping her from the US version of the show.

My Secret Life: Shaggy, pop star, 42

My parents were... My mum is a rough-necked Jamaican, who would throw their shoe at you in two minutes and bust yo' ass. A very stern Jamaican mum. My father, I didn't know very much.

Cheryl Cole to take 'time out' from showbiz



Cheryl Cole wants to take a break from the showbiz world.

James Corrigan: The greatest ever team? That's not such a tall story (except in Britain)

Never mind all that 'Boys of '66' malarkey, it's the 'Boys of 6ft 6' who genuinely excitein the traditional academies of the Premier League

Bouncebackability! Can Cheryl Cole survive her 'X Factor' humiliation?

A word coined by ex-football boss Iain Dowie, this most abstract noun focuses on the disappointed's aptitude to shrug-off failure, dust him or herself down and start all over again. But what makes a true comeback kid? Mike Higgins and Hugh Montgomery investigate

Cheryl Cole 'dropped' from US X Factor

Cheryl Cole's American adventure appears to be over only weeks after it began with reports that the singer has been dropped from the US version of The X Factor.

Nicole Scherzinger wants to sing on X Factor

Nicole Scherzinger wants to perform "every week" on 'The X Factor'.

Album: Nicole Scherzinger, Killer Love (Polydor)

How to translate group success into solo stardom? It's pop's million-dollar question, but don't cha bet on the Pussycat Doll/sometime X Factor judge answering it with a debut that bludgeons the listener with faux-raunchy Euro-dance before flatlining with the obligatory earnest balladry and a Sting duet. At 14 tracks, it's at least 12 too long, much of it imaginably pilfered off Rihanna's reject pile. As papa Cowell might say, you really didn't make that album your own.

LA Reid expected to be X Factor judge

Simon Cowell has appointed Def Jam chairman Antonio 'L.A.' Reid as the first 'X Factor' judge.

Capital: National treasure?

Capital FM is now being broadcast across the country, but can a London-based station really appeal to the whole of Britain? Its backers think so – and they're ready to take on Radio 1
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Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
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House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

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When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
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International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
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