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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

Nicolas Maduro gives a victory speech in Caracas early yesterday

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles refuses to throw in towel after narrow presidential poll defeat to Nicolas Maduro

Opposition leader calls for recount ‘of every vote’ in Venezuela’s disputed presidential election

Global growth continues for AMBA

The international authority on postgraduate business education, the Association of MBAs (AMBA), has reported a 17 per cent growth in membership numbers.

Suarez punches his Gonzalo Jara during Uruguay's defeat against Chile

Uruguay back 'persecuted' Liverpool striker Luis Suarez following investigation into punch incident

Striker struck Chile defender Jara while on international duty

Protests erupt in Brazil after landowner Jose Rodrigues Moreira is acquitted in Amazon activists murder case

A Brazilian landowner accused of ordering the murder of two activists who campaigned against illegal logging and evictions in the Amazon has been acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

Ronaldino celebrates a goal before ugly scenes mar the match

Violent scenes in Brazil after Atletico Mineiro beat Arsenal overshadow Ronaldinho show in the Copa Libertadores

Gun carrying police became involved in ugly clashes in Brazil

Nicolas Maduro has a 10 point lead in the polls

Henrique Capriles accuses Venezuelan state media of bias in favouring political rival

Henrique Capriles has hit out at the overwhelming bias of the Venezuelan state media, claiming that the VTV channel alone has given 46 hours and 43 minutes of coverage to Nicolas Maduro since the former bus driver became acting President after the death of Hugo Chavez on 8 March. Over the same period, Mr Capriles claimed he received just one minute and 18 seconds of airtime.

England's Rio friendly match against Brazil in doubt amid fears over stadium roof

World Cup warm-up game for Hodgson’s team in Brazil at risk due to problems with only two viable venues

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez faces Fifa action after punching opponent in the face during World Cup qualifier for Uruguay

Striker faces suspension after controversial night in Chile

This week the internet giant added the ability to virtually explore four mountains, including Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Elbrus (Europe) and Everest Base Camp (Asia), to their Street View

Straight on, then left at base camp: Try virtual mountain exploration with Google Map's latest operation

If you've always wanted to explore some of Earth's highest peaks but lack the willingness to actually, like, climb a mountain, then you might be interested to hear about Google Map's latest operation.

Frank Lampard talks with Roy Hodgson

Frank Lampard to consult Roy Hodgson over his future after conceding Chelsea days are over

The England midfielder is out of contract in the summer

This week the internet giant added the ability to virtually explore four mountains, including Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Elbrus (Europe) and Everest Base Camp (Asia), to their Street View

Straight on, then left at base camp: Try virtual mountain exploration with Google Map's latest operation

If you've always wanted to explore some of Earth's highest peaks but lack the willingness to actually, like, climb a mountain, then you might be interested to hear about Google Map's latest operation.

David Cameron has publicly rebuked the new Pope for backing Argentina’s territorial claim to the Falklands

Falkland Islands: David Cameron rebukes
Pope Francis with 'white smoke' jibe

David Cameron has publicly rebuked the new Pope for backing Argentina’s territorial claim to the Falklands.

Roy Hodgson wants Rio Ferdinand (left) and Ashley Cole to put their differences behind them

Sam Wallace: Roy Hodgson's about-turn gives the lie to wackier conspiracy theories

In the end, all that Roy Hodgson is guilty of having done is change his mind which, given that many managers do so repeatedly in the space of one game, is hardly the biggest crime.

Falkland Islanders greet election of Argentine as Pope Francis with surprise

As parishioners readied themselves to file into St Mary's Catholic Church in Stanley this morning for a special service of thanksgiving, no-one was more surprised to find themselves waking up under a Argentinian pope than the Falkland Islands' senior priest.

Argentine faithful celebrate outside a cathedral in Buenos Aires

Argentina celebrates as their own Catholic leader is elected Pope Francis

They filled every pew of the squat cathedral here in the heart of Buenos Aires, devotion for their church and for their sometimes overlooked country brimming in their veins. At last a pastor in black cassock climbed to the pulpit. “Habemas Papam,” he intoned and they could no longer keep still, clapping and waving small flags.

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