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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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'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

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How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
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Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
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Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
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Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants