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Simon Calder, Travel Editor for The Independent, is advising on travel to Brazil for those heading out for the FIFA World Cup in 2014
Manaus Stadium

World Cup 2014: 'England aren't welcome here', says mayor of Manaus after Roy Hodgson admits he'd like to avoid the Amazon city

Arthur Virgilio admitted that he'd prefer to have a 'better' team playing in his city

Rocha turns away after scoring for Uruguay in the 2-1 win over France at White City during the 1966 World Cup group stage

Pedro Rocha: Stylish, languid midfielder and striker whose skill and goals took him to four World Cups with Uruguay

The exquisitely skilful Uruguayan attacker Pedro Rocha was billed as the man most likely to deal an early blow to England's dreams of footballing glory in the opening match of the 1966 World Cup finals at Wembley.

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup draw: Roy Hodgson has 'no qualms' if England are moved to Pot Two

Such a switch would likely result in a tougher draw for the Three Lions

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup 2014 draw: Possible scenarios for England

The draw takes place on Friday

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Style File: Time to join the jet set

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to warmer shores soon, a tailored pair of trunks will hide all manner of festive indulgence, says Lee Holmes

Everton Ribeiro

Manchester United 'target' Everton Ribeiro named Brazil's player of the year

The Cruzeiro midfielder is being monitored by the Premier League champions according to reports

A fan inspects the damage at the partly finished Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, where two people died in an accident

World Cup 2014 stadium collapse: Deaths in Sao Paulo Arena Corinthians add to worries ahead of tournament

Fifa concerned at slow construction pace and Brazilian public’s protests over costs

A metal structure that buckled is seen atop a part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo on Wednesday

World Cup stadium collapse: Two killed as Sao Paulo Arena Corinthians collapses

Pressure to complete work  on time blamed for fatal accident in Sao Paulo

Sebastian Coates in action for Uruguay

Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates refuses to give up hope of playing at the 2014 World Cup

The Uruguay international has been out for most of the season

Andros Townsend has been a revelation for Spurs and England

Andros Townsend intends to follow advice of Roy Hodgson and help propel Tottenham to the top of the Premier League

The winger is eager to impress the England manager with his displays for Spurs

Roy Hodgson

World Cup 2014: Roy Hodgson plans to experiment against Denmark, despite risking third successive defeat at Wembley

England lost games to Chile and Germany as new players were tested

England could be in the same group as World Cup hosts Brazil

World Cup 2014: England face possibility of being placed in 'group of death' against Brazil or Argentina and France

Three Lions could be drawn with Brazil or Argentina, France and Nigeria next summer

The PS4 and Xbox consoles are competing for the Christmas market

PS4 sales top one million in most successful Sony console launch ever

Sony's PS4 gets off to a strong start ahead of the console's European launch on the 29th

Daniel Sturridge addresses the media on Sunday

England v Germany: Daniel Sturridge says he will be fit to play at Wembley on Tuesday

A foot problem kept the Liverpool striker out of the defeat by Chile

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Thiago Silva pulls Arjen Robben back to concede a penalty
world cup 2014Brazil 0 Netherlands 3: More misery for hosts as Dutch take third place
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Robin van Persie hands his third-place medal to a supporter
Van Persie gives bronze medal to eccentric fan moments after being handed it by Blatter
News
Ian Thorpe had Rio 2016 in his sights
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Life and Style
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fashion

Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes

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scienceScientists have developed a material so dark you can't see it...
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Monkey business: Serkis is the king of the non-human character performance
peopleFirst Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Arts and Entertainment
Blackman: Landscape of children’s literature does not reflect the cultural diversity of young people
booksMalorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Voices
Mrs Brown's Boy: D'Movie has been a huge commercial success
voicesWhen it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Arts and Entertainment
Curtain calls: Madani Younis
theatreMadani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Life and Style
Douglas McMaster says the food industry is ‘traumatised’
food + drinkSilo in Brighton will have just six staple dishes on the menu every day, including one meat option, one fish, one vegan, and one 'wild card'
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How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

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The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?