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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

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<b>Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge</b><br/>
The duo were making a rare start together in the victory over Swansea, and how they combined suggested the partnership could be one for defenders to fear above all others. Just six games into the season, Sturridge has five goals while Suarez has two in his one appearance.

Poll: Are Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge the best strike partnership in the Premier League?

Brendan Rodgers hailed the Liverpool duo after they scored three goals between them against Sunderland at the weekend

Willie le Roux scored a try helping the team towards their victory

South Africa 28 Australia 8 match report: Springboks make it look all too easy

South Africa's storming opening half-hour created the platform for a 28-8 victory over Australia in an ill-tempered Rugby Championship clash. Although the bonus-point the hosts craved eluded them, the victory ensured that the tournament goes to the final weekend.

Lloyd’s of London profits hit by slump in investments

A slump in returns from investments such as bonds hit profits at Lloyd’s of London during the first half of the year.

Michaella McCollum (left) and Melissa Reid (right) were caught carrying cocaine hidden inside food packets

Peru drug smugglers: Prosecutor to ask for a new hearing to give Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid a chance to offer more complete confession

Guilty pleas entered by two women caught attempting to smuggle cocaine out of Peru will be contested by prosecutors who claim the pair have stuck to an “unbelievable story”.

Market Report: Disaster damages Carnival's outlook

Investors ditched Carnival as its boss said its cruise brand Costa would take "two to three years" to fully recover after the fatal Costa Concordia accident off the coast of Italy last year.

Michaela McCollum and Melissa Reid plead guilty to drug smuggling charges in Peru

British and Irish citizen both made pleas in hopes of receiving more lenient sentences

French Interior minister Manuel Valls behind cocaine seized by police from an Air France flight to Paris

Three Britons arrested in connection with cocaine drugs haul found on Air France plane

Three Britons are among nine people who have been arrested after 1.3 tons of cocaine were found stashed inside suitcases bound from Venezuela to France.

£3,489 - Journey Latin America

Travel challenge: A tour of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

A tour of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in the 4-0 victory over Guatamala

World Cup qualifiers: Expect to see Argentina next summer but regulars Uruguay and Mexico are in danger of missing out

A round-up of the qualifying groups from around the world ahead of next summer's showcase event in Brazil

Hairy: the 'Devil's Nose'

The railway line that keeps on rolling

On the road: In Ecuador

Palace’s Kagisho Dikgacoi stands an outside chance of reaching the World Cup with South Africa

World Cup qualifiers: Crunch time for 87 teams dreaming of Rio glory

As World Cup qualifying comes to a climax, some surprising names are still in the hat

Venezuelan palaeontologist Ascania Rincon shows the skull of a glyptodont

Armadillo as big as a car vs bus-sized croc: 12,000 fossils found in Venezuelan oil pit

Palaeontologists have found a 'Jurassic Park' of fossils in Venezuela

Hodgson praised Spurs, Everton and Liverpool for giving opportunities to youngsters

'Let's not kid ourselves': Greg Dyke plays down England's chances of success at 2014 World Cup

The FA chairman has set the target of winning the 2022 tournament in Qatar

Testicle-eating fish, the Pacu, found in Paris with fears it could be coming to the UK

Small piranha-like fish was found in European waters for the first time in August

Feel the noise: Andy Murray sees off Leonardo Mayer on Friday night

US Open: Racket makes Andy Murray a good shout for success

The hubbub of Flushing Meadows is not to everyone's taste. There is a constant background noise at the US Open, whether it is planes flying into La Guardia airport, music at the changeovers or just the sound of people talking, shouting and moving around. In the city that never sleeps, it is no surprise that there is never true peace and quiet.

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Can meditation be bad for you?

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Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

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Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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