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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

Neymar was the best player at the tournament

Confederations Cup: Brazil must be accepted as genuine contenders after victory over Spain

Brazil are lucky to have probably the world’s two most accomplished centre-backs

A TV screen shows a news report about Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

Edward Snowden's father says whistleblower may return to US if conditions are met

NSA whistleblower remains stranded at Moscow airport

Luiz backs Tottenham target Paulinho to make big impact on Premier League

After late winner in Confederations Cup semi-final, Brazil striker expected to move to White Hart Lane next month

Paulinho of Brazil scores his team's second goal to make the score 2-1 during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Semi Final match between Brazil and Uruguay

Confederations Cup: Brazil 2 Uruguay 1

Late Paulinho header sends Brazil to final as protesters and police clash near stadium

A TV screen shows Edward Snowden appearing on the news, at a restaurant in Hong Kong

Venezuela offers Edward Snowden hope of asylum - but for now whistleblower is grounded at Moscow airport as Vladimir Putin refuses extradition

Former CIA employee remains stuck at Moscow airport with annulled US passport

Neymar; protesters

'There is no plan B': Fifa rule out taking 2014 World Cup away from Brazil

The ongoing Confederations Cup has been marred by protests

Diego Forlan celebrates his goal against Nigeria

Confederations Cup: Diego Forlan scores winner against Nigeria on 100th appearance for Uruguay

The veteran striker became the first player to reach a century of caps for the South American nation

Marland Yarde scores a try for England against Argentina

Marland Yarde hopeful of regular England place after exhilarating debut against Argentina

Yarde scored two tries in the 51-26 victory over their hosts

Javier Mascherano tries to return to the field of play after the incident
Stuart Pearce has a ‘burning ambition’ to win the tournament

England will never win the World Cup unless drastic changes are made warns Stuart Pearce

The Under-21 coach tells FA to make changes

Roy Hodgson at the Maracana
Brazil’s Neymar, right, takes the ball away from Michael Carrick, left

James Lawton: Wayne Rooney strike for England against Brazil lifts Roy Hodgson's mood

Here was something to lift the embattled self-regard of English football

England’s Tom Johnson is halted
Billy Vunipola

Billy Vunipola set to make England debut during tour of Argentina

The Wasps number eight is expected to be included in the England side to face a South American XV in Montevideo

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The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
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After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas