Sport Roy Hodgson is hoping the extra day in Manaus will aid the players' acclimatisation

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Juan Manuel Vargas

Fiorentina winger Juan Manuel Vargas 'an option' for Liverpool claims agent

Juan Manuel Vargas’ agent has claimed that his client is being pursued by Liverpool and that he could leave Fiorentina this summer.

La Perichole, Garsington Opera at Wormsley, Bucks

"Monsieur Offenbach regularly composes three waltzes before lunch, a mazurka after dinner, and four galops[sic] between the two meals" - so wrote France’s waltz-king pseudonymously about himself. Full marks to Garsington for reviving one of the less-performed of his twenty operettas.

14 people dead after Peru helicopter crash

Rescue specialists yesterday reached a helicopter that crashed in the southeastern Andes, and there were no survivors among the 14 people on aboard, including eight South Koreans and three Europeans, Peruvian police said.

Palacio Nazarenas is a 16th-century convent-turned-luxury hotel that opens in Cusco, Peru, this Friday (palacionazarenas.com).

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The hotel

Frog found in supermarket asparagus

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Simon Amstell: Numb, Hexagon Theatre, Reading

A random spurt of smoke from a dry ice machine precedes Simon Amstell's appearance on the stage of the Reading Hexagon tonight. It's a mistake, of course. The wily charms of the 32 year old are not requiring of a pumped pomp, nor of any other obvious theatrics.

Paddington bear to star in new film by Harry Potter producer David Heyman

Paddington Bear is swapping darkest Peru for the bright lights of Hollywood after plans were announced to bring the character to the big screen.

Father hikes 10 hours with his son's dead body

Nearly three weeks after Cesar Vilca disappeared while fighting Shining Path rebels, his father has brought his body home after hiking into dense jungle to retrieve it.

It is unclear whether a virus or underwater sound waves from oil exploration are causing the deaths

Mystery of mass dolphin deaths in Peru

Maritime scientists in Peru are trying to solve a mystery that has turned stretches of the country's beaches into a grim dolphin morgue.

La fille du regiment, Royal Opera House

Given that Ann Widdecombe spent her prime promoting Victorian attitudes to abortion and homosexuality, you could argue she has some atoning to do, and her self-reinvention certainly makes a start.

Scientists continue to investigate dolphin deaths off Peru

Scientists and Peruvian officials are investigating a mass die-off of hundreds of dolphins along the South American country's coast.

Guerrillas attacked a helicopter transporting armed police

Shining Path sniper kills Peruvian policewoman

Shining Path terrorists have killed a police captain as she took part in an attempt to rescue dozens of hostages seized by the rebels earlier this week.

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Shining Path guerrillas

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Terrorist group kidnaps 40 workers less than a week after Peru's President said it had been 'totally defeated'

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