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Whether you’re trekking to Machu Picchu or taking in the sun - and football – in Rio, take your pick from these inspirational and useful reads, chosen by Stanfords, the travel information specialists

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup 2014 draw: Possible scenarios for England

The draw takes place on Friday

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Style File: Time to join the jet set

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to warmer shores soon, a tailored pair of trunks will hide all manner of festive indulgence, says Lee Holmes

Everton Ribeiro

Manchester United 'target' Everton Ribeiro named Brazil's player of the year

The Cruzeiro midfielder is being monitored by the Premier League champions according to reports

A fan inspects the damage at the partly finished Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, where two people died in an accident

World Cup 2014 stadium collapse: Deaths in Sao Paulo Arena Corinthians add to worries ahead of tournament

Fifa concerned at slow construction pace and Brazilian public’s protests over costs

A metal structure that buckled is seen atop a part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo on Wednesday

World Cup stadium collapse: Two killed as Sao Paulo Arena Corinthians collapses

Pressure to complete work  on time blamed for fatal accident in Sao Paulo

Andros Townsend has been a revelation for Spurs and England

Andros Townsend intends to follow advice of Roy Hodgson and help propel Tottenham to the top of the Premier League

The winger is eager to impress the England manager with his displays for Spurs

The PS4 and Xbox consoles are competing for the Christmas market

PS4 sales top one million in most successful Sony console launch ever

Sony's PS4 gets off to a strong start ahead of the console's European launch on the 29th

Leighton Baines and Ashley Cole

England v Chile: Ashley Cole not an automatic choice for England now, says Roy Hodgson, with Leighton Baines pushing for place

Chelsea defender under pressure from Leighton Baines for left-back spot

Uruguay's striker Luis Suarez celebrates after Uruguay won the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier against Jordan

Jordan 0 Uruguay 5: Luis Suarez incensed after being adjudged to have dived in attempt to win penalty in World Cup play-off

Was the Liverpool striker fouled? Decide for yourself by watching the video below

Riot police and protesters face-off near the Maracana Stadium during the Confederations Cup

2014 World Cup: Security issues in Brazil has England 'very concerned'

Recent protests have on occasion turned violent and Hodgson admits it will be a main concern of the Three Lions's security team

Troy Townsend is a leading figure in Kick It Out’s attempts to overcome the racial and sexual bias in football

Exclusive: Troy Townsend defends Kick It Out's role in tackling Roy Hodgson over monkey gaffe

'When we are attacked it is down to ignorance,' says father of England winger, Andros

The Teknik Perdana was looking for oil off the coast of Guyana

Two British scientists on vessel held under 'ship arrest' by Venezuela in territorial dispute with Guyana

Two Britons are believed to be among the crew of a seismic research vessel under effective “ship arrest” today after becoming snarled in a territorial dispute that flared over the weekend between Venezuela and neighbouring Guyana, which dates back over a 100 years to when Guyana was under British control.

Indyplus video: Kidnapping in Venezuela

Kidnapping in Caracas is one of Venezuela's top worrying problems as the capital has become increasingly dangerous. The gangs manage to abduct civilians in a strategy that lasts just seconds.

Watch a couple of examples below caught on CCTV camera:

French Evolution: Michel Platini had Sepp Blatter to thank for his rise at Uefa but now wants the game’s top job

Uefa respond to plans to revamp European Championships to rival Fifa and the World Cup

The Independent on Sunday revealed the plans which has added to talk of a rift between Fifa president Sepp Blatter and his Uefa counterpart Michel Platini

Conservative Party conference: David Cameron hails influence of Margaret Thatcher

David Cameron hailed the influence of Margaret Thatcher on his approach today as he led Conservatives in a rousing tribute to the former prime minister.

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