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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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Dancers Daniel Alejandro Arroyo Miranda (R) of Venezuela and Juan Pablo Ramirez of Argentina compete in the Salon Tango style qualifier round at the 10th edition of the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires August

'It takes two to Tango, but not necessarily of the opposite sex': World Championship of Tango welcomes same-sex couples for first time

Same-sex couples competed in the World Championship of Tango for the first time this year, with three male pairs and one female couple taking to the floor.

The body of Brazil’s former president João Goulart to be exhumed over claims of assassination

'Jango' died in 1976 while in exile in Argentina

The Maracana stadium during the Confederations Cup final

2014 World Cup tickets go on sale...so how much will it cost you if England go all the way?

We take a look at how ticket prices and accommodation costs could soon escalate out of control

Atletico Mineiro goalkeeper Victor

Brazilian goalkeeper sent off for kicking ball at crowd

Atletico Mineiro stopper Victor was angered at the end of his team's goalless draw

My life in travel: KT Tunstall, singer-songwriter

'In Byron Bay, I walked through lush vegetation straight down to the beach'

Clint Dempsey in action for his new club Seattle Sounders

Transfer news: Clint Dempsey admits he was reluctant to leave Tottenham but is relishing the challenge of conquering the MLS

Former Spurs midfielder thought he would remain with the north London club but admits his new club Seattle Sounders 'moved mountains' to sign him

The pacu fish - or,

Men in Sweden warned after sighting of testicle-eating fish

A small piranha-like fish with a fierce reputation has been found in European waters for the first time

Bernard of Atletico Mineiro

Transfer news: Arsenal and Tottenham target Bernard joins Shakhtar Donetsk for £21.5m

20-year-old Brazilian midfielder had been linked with a move to north London as well as Porto and Borussia Dortmund

Christian Benitez in action for Birmingham in 2010

Review: Casa Negra, 54-56 Great, Eastern Street, London

'It has a jolly, Mexican-seaside vibe, not something you often find in Shoreditch'

The 'bread tank' in Rio highlights the need for funding towards anti poverty projects and not military ones

Bread tank appears in Rio de Janeiro

A bread tank has been installed in Rio de Janeiro in order to raise awareness of the fight against poverty.

The wind blows Pope Francis's mantle as he speaks at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

Windswept Pope gives sermon to pilgrims at Copacabana beach

It seems even His Holiness is not safe from a wardrobe malfunction, as his mantle blew right over his face in the middle of his speech in Copacabana beach.

Bernard

Transfer news: £21m Arsenal target Bernard says 'farewell' to Atletico Mineiro

The Brazil international says 'God' will decide his future

Atletico Mineiro's players celebrate after winning the Libertadores Cup
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...