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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

Market Report: Disaster damages Carnival's outlook

Investors ditched Carnival as its boss said its cruise brand Costa would take "two to three years" to fully recover after the fatal Costa Concordia accident off the coast of Italy last year.

Michaela McCollum and Melissa Reid plead guilty to drug smuggling charges in Peru

British and Irish citizen both made pleas in hopes of receiving more lenient sentences

French Interior minister Manuel Valls behind cocaine seized by police from an Air France flight to Paris

Three Britons arrested in connection with cocaine drugs haul found on Air France plane

Three Britons are among nine people who have been arrested after 1.3 tons of cocaine were found stashed inside suitcases bound from Venezuela to France.

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid could be allowed to serve prison sentences in the UK if they plead guilty to drug trafficking

Peru 'drug mules' face six years in prison even if they plead guilty prosecutors warns

Prosecutor warns that the pair would also not be eligible for parole

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Travel challenge: A tour of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

A tour of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in the 4-0 victory over Guatamala

World Cup qualifiers: Expect to see Argentina next summer but regulars Uruguay and Mexico are in danger of missing out

A round-up of the qualifying groups from around the world ahead of next summer's showcase event in Brazil

Hairy: the 'Devil's Nose'

The railway line that keeps on rolling

On the road: In Ecuador

Palace’s Kagisho Dikgacoi stands an outside chance of reaching the World Cup with South Africa

World Cup qualifiers: Crunch time for 87 teams dreaming of Rio glory

As World Cup qualifying comes to a climax, some surprising names are still in the hat

Venezuelan palaeontologist Ascania Rincon shows the skull of a glyptodont

Armadillo as big as a car vs bus-sized croc: 12,000 fossils found in Venezuelan oil pit

Palaeontologists have found a 'Jurassic Park' of fossils in Venezuela

Roy Hodgson still targeting triumph at 2014 World Cup in Brazil

FA chairman Greg Dyke says winning in Rio is unrealistic

Hodgson praised Spurs, Everton and Liverpool for giving opportunities to youngsters

'Let's not kid ourselves': Greg Dyke plays down England's chances of success at 2014 World Cup

The FA chairman has set the target of winning the 2022 tournament in Qatar

Testicle-eating fish, the Pacu, found in Paris with fears it could be coming to the UK

Small piranha-like fish was found in European waters for the first time in August

Feel the noise: Andy Murray sees off Leonardo Mayer on Friday night

US Open: Racket makes Andy Murray a good shout for success

The hubbub of Flushing Meadows is not to everyone's taste. There is a constant background noise at the US Open, whether it is planes flying into La Guardia airport, music at the changeovers or just the sound of people talking, shouting and moving around. In the city that never sleeps, it is no surprise that there is never true peace and quiet.

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Dancers Daniel Alejandro Arroyo Miranda (R) of Venezuela and Juan Pablo Ramirez of Argentina compete in the Salon Tango style qualifier round at the 10th edition of the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires August

'It takes two to Tango, but not necessarily of the opposite sex': World Championship of Tango welcomes same-sex couples for first time

Same-sex couples competed in the World Championship of Tango for the first time this year, with three male pairs and one female couple taking to the floor.

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