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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
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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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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?