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

Islandhopping: Hanko in southern Finland, where the coastline is dotted with 179,000 islands

My life in travel: Griff Rhys Jones, comedian, actor, writer and presenter

'I'm likely to be travelling in India with my head in a book about Patagonia'

Sir Ranulph Fiennes and the falls 'faked for TV'

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the world's "greatest living explorer" encouraged a fellow climber to stage falls to make a television programme more exciting, a court heard.

18-year-old survives 28 days adrift

An 18-year-old who worked in a seaside hotel in Panama happily took up an offer by two friends to join them on a fishing trip and earn some extra cash.

Blessed (right) says: 'We both feel the greatest danger in life is not to take on adventures'

How We Met: Matt Dickinson & Brian Blessed

Matt Dickinson, 46

Olga Turner, left, and Samuel Pearce

A tale of two graduates

The difference between success and failure for today's graduates can often come down to the smallest stroke of luck. LSE alumnus Theron Mohamed speaks to two of last year's crop about their differing fortunes in the job market.

Ecuador: 42,000 police face lie-detector tests

All of Ecuador's 42,000 officers will have to take lie-detector tests to root out corruption, the country's police chief has decreed.

Four jailed for libelling Ecuadorian President

A judge in Ecuador jailed three directors of an opposition newspaper and a former columnist yesterday, fining them and the paper $40m (£25m) for libelling President Rafael Correa in an article about a police mutiny last year.

Album: Helado Negro, Canta Lechuza (Asthmatic Kitty)

The impeccably hip credentials of HN's Roberto Carlos Lange (exotic Ecuador to Florida to Brooklyn background; he's an artist doing a "project"; album recorded in the middle of a field in Connecticut, etc) are rather at odds with the wonderfully gloopy Latin-cheese of this Spanish language, old school synth-session's best tracks.

Alexandre Pato and Neymar ensure Brazil progress at Copa America

Strikers Alexandre Pato and Neymar scored two goals apiece as Brazil beat Ecuador 4-2 to finish top of Group B at the Copa America last night and set up a quarter-final against Paraguay.

Venezuela shock Ecuador at Copa America

Venezuela stunned Ecuador 1-0 to go top of Group B at the Copa America last night with only their third win in the competition since they first took part in 1967.

Copa America: Ecuador squad preview

Our run down of the teams involved in the 2011 Copa America, which kicks off on July 1, continues with a closer look at Ecuador.

Letters: Climate Change

Signs of hope in battle to save the climate

Johann Hari: A turning-point we miss at our peril

We have the choice of burning all the oil left and hacking down all the remaining rainforests - or saving humanity

US judge halts damages claim over pollution in Amazon

An American judge has extended his temporary ban on the collection of $18bn (£11.1bn) in damages from Chevron, saying the US oil giant would be irreparably harmed if it had to pay compensation – ordered by a court in Ecuador – for pollution in parts of the Amazon rainforest.

Chevron's dirty fight in Ecuador

The giant oil corporation has been fined $8.6bn for an environmental disaster that has been called 'the Amazon's Chernobyl'. But guess what? It may end up paying nothing

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