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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

This giant tarantula has been discovered in Sri Lanka

Giant new kind of tarantula discovered in Sri Lanka

Scientists in Sri Lanka have discovered a huge new kind of tarantula.

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.

Seeing double? Brazilian club try to outwit opponents by wearing same numbered shirts

Midfielder Britto and Rafael Silva of Uniao Barbarense both wore the number five

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

Harnanes of Brazil tangles with the Russian Bystrov

Brazil 1 Russia 1 match report: Luiz Felipe Scolari back at Stamford Bridge but without his old samba magic

Fred scored a late equaliser for Brazil at the home of Chelsea

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.

Roy Hodgson is refusing to bill Tuesday's clash with Montenegro as a group decider

Roy Hodgson refuses to dub England's match with Montenegro a 'group decider'

Roy Hodgson is refusing to bill Tuesday's clash with Montenegro as a group decider.

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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Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
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