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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

Leighton Baines and Ashley Cole

England v Chile: Ashley Cole not an automatic choice for England now, says Roy Hodgson, with Leighton Baines pushing for place

Chelsea defender under pressure from Leighton Baines for left-back spot

Victims of the implant scandal arriving for the start of the trial of Jean-Claude Mas for fraud in Marseilles earlier this year

Breast implants ruling in PIP scandal could lead to compensation for 400,000 women

Ruling opens the way to millions in compensation claims

Uruguay's striker Luis Suarez celebrates after Uruguay won the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier against Jordan

Jordan 0 Uruguay 5: Luis Suarez incensed after being adjudged to have dived in attempt to win penalty in World Cup play-off

Was the Liverpool striker fouled? Decide for yourself by watching the video below

Only one of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will appear at next year's World Cup finals

Brian Smith: Troubled Argentina can be dangerous but England should tame them

Coach's view: You can have all the talent and potential in the world yet struggle when your players are spread all over the globe

Riot police and protesters face-off near the Maracana Stadium during the Confederations Cup

2014 World Cup: Security issues in Brazil has England 'very concerned'

Recent protests have on occasion turned violent and Hodgson admits it will be a main concern of the Three Lions's security team

Troy Townsend is a leading figure in Kick It Out’s attempts to overcome the racial and sexual bias in football

Exclusive: Troy Townsend defends Kick It Out's role in tackling Roy Hodgson over monkey gaffe

'When we are attacked it is down to ignorance,' says father of England winger, Andros

The Teknik Perdana was looking for oil off the coast of Guyana

Two British scientists on vessel held under 'ship arrest' by Venezuela in territorial dispute with Guyana

Two Britons are believed to be among the crew of a seismic research vessel under effective “ship arrest” today after becoming snarled in a territorial dispute that flared over the weekend between Venezuela and neighbouring Guyana, which dates back over a 100 years to when Guyana was under British control.

Indyplus video: Kidnapping in Venezuela

Kidnapping in Caracas is one of Venezuela's top worrying problems as the capital has become increasingly dangerous. The gangs manage to abduct civilians in a strategy that lasts just seconds.

Watch a couple of examples below caught on CCTV camera:

French Evolution: Michel Platini had Sepp Blatter to thank for his rise at Uefa but now wants the game’s top job

Uefa respond to plans to revamp European Championships to rival Fifa and the World Cup

The Independent on Sunday revealed the plans which has added to talk of a rift between Fifa president Sepp Blatter and his Uefa counterpart Michel Platini

Conservative Party conference: David Cameron hails influence of Margaret Thatcher

David Cameron hailed the influence of Margaret Thatcher on his approach today as he led Conservatives in a rousing tribute to the former prime minister.

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The duo were making a rare start together in the victory over Swansea, and how they combined suggested the partnership could be one for defenders to fear above all others. Just six games into the season, Sturridge has five goals while Suarez has two in his one appearance.

Poll: Are Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge the best strike partnership in the Premier League?

Brendan Rodgers hailed the Liverpool duo after they scored three goals between them against Sunderland at the weekend

Willie le Roux scored a try helping the team towards their victory

South Africa 28 Australia 8 match report: Springboks make it look all too easy

South Africa's storming opening half-hour created the platform for a 28-8 victory over Australia in an ill-tempered Rugby Championship clash. Although the bonus-point the hosts craved eluded them, the victory ensured that the tournament goes to the final weekend.

Lloyd’s of London profits hit by slump in investments

A slump in returns from investments such as bonds hit profits at Lloyd’s of London during the first half of the year.

Michaella McCollum (left) and Melissa Reid (right) were caught carrying cocaine hidden inside food packets

Peru drug smugglers: Prosecutor to ask for a new hearing to give Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid a chance to offer more complete confession

Guilty pleas entered by two women caught attempting to smuggle cocaine out of Peru will be contested by prosecutors who claim the pair have stuck to an “unbelievable story”.

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'