Sport Roy Hodgson is hoping the extra day in Manaus will aid the players' acclimatisation

The FA have confirmed that England will face two South American sides in the build-up to Brazil 2014 in an effort to prepare for the threat that Uruguay will pose

G20: Do what we say, not what we do

The G20 finance ministers may have yet again reaffirmed their opposition to protectionism, but there's plenty of it around, warns Sean O'Grady

Johnson hits back at jibes to display Real promise

Boro winger underlines potential with stunning goal in England Under-21s' loss

Caicedo strikes late to cap Ecuador's second-half comeback

England U-21 2 Ecuador 3

Katy Holland: Holidays for single parents

Are we there yet? How to avoid paying more because you are a single parent

Last Night's Television - Crooked House, BBC 4; The Ascent of Money, Channel 4; Catastrophe, Channel 4

If only the people who run our economies knew more history, went Niall Ferguson's refrain in the final part of The Ascent of Money, we wouldn't be in this mess right now. The message may not have sunk in with the City types just yet, but it's clearly making headway elsewhere. Mark Gatiss, formerly of The League of Gentlemen, has got the message, going by the first episode of Crooked House. Gatiss's loving contribution to the Christmas ghost story genre is a portmanteau tale of eerie happenings at Geap Manor, now demolished, but once a house with "an interesting reputation". Last night's story, "The Wainscoting", set in the late 18th century, was full of knowing lines about stock-market bubbles and ruthless financiers who spread the risk and cling on to the profits - the clear implication being that while superficial things like wigs and stock-market terminology may change, the greed is a constant.

Leon Febres Cordero: Confrontational President of Ecuador

León Febres Cordero, who was President of Ecuador from 1984 to 1988, was the arch-representative of his country's political and economic ancien régime, which was swept aside by the electoral victory of the left-wing nationalist Rafael Correa in 2006.

Graham Watkins: Runaway tourism threatens the future of the Galapagos Islands

Very few places in the world have influenced humanity as much as the Galapagos Islands, and they have a pivotal year ahead. 2009 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species, and the 50th anniversaries of the foundation of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park. But for all their importance, the islands are still under threat.

Simon Calder: Let's hear it for Latin American railway engineers

Just what Dr Beeching didn't order, but what we need: a new age of the train. Air France has announced that it will do the decent thing and become Rail France, running ultra-high-speed trains between London and Paris.

Everton swoop for Castillo

Everton have agreed a deal to sign Ecuador midfielder Segundo Castillo from Red Star Belgrade.

Simon Calder: The world has learnt to expect British louts

The Brits get hammered abroad – but for once, it's the police who are coming down hard, and alcohol is only indirectly responsible.

Letters: GM farming

'Zombie' seeds will punish farmers and worsen global food crises

Don't be put off gap years, parents say after Ecuador crash

Moving tributes were paid yesterday to the four British students and their tour guide killed in Saturday evening's crash in Ecuador.

Bus crash kills five Britons on gap-year trip to Ecuador

Four British students and their tour guide have been killed in a bus crash in Ecuador, just two weeks into a three-month trip across South America.

Five Britons killed in Ecuador bus crash named

Five young British women killed in a bus crash in Ecuador were named today.

Are We There Yet? The kids want an Indiana-style adventure

My kids are already over-excited about the new Indiana Jones movie. They're craving their own slice of swashbuckling adventure, giving me the perfect excuse to check out the new Latin American family holidays on offer.

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz