Extras

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

Roy Hodgson at the Maracana
Gary Cahill

Phil Jagielka encouraged by England partnership with Gary Cahill

The England manager has used no fewer than five different centre-half pairings in the last seven matches,

Brazil’s Neymar, right, takes the ball away from Michael Carrick, left

James Lawton: Wayne Rooney strike for England against Brazil lifts Roy Hodgson's mood

Here was something to lift the embattled self-regard of English football

England’s Tom Johnson is halted
Romario the Socialist MP and (below) as a World Cup winner in 1994

Romario sticks boot into the costly Fifa roadshow

One of Brazil’s most famous players is now outspoken critic of their attempts to host the finals

Billy Vunipola

Billy Vunipola set to make England debut during tour of Argentina

The Wasps number eight is expected to be included in the England side to face a South American XV in Montevideo

Neymar takes part in a training session with Brazil

Danny Welbeck talks of the 'magic that sets Brazil apart '

England will play the five time World Cup winners on Sunday

A plume of ash and smoke rise from the Copahue volcano, as seen from Caviahue, in the Argentine province of Neuquen

Thousands flee as volatile South American volcano threatens to erupt

Chile and Argentina have  evacuated a region near the Copahue volcano in the Andes on the border between the two countries, after fears intensified that it would erupt.

Northampton flanker Calum Clark has been ruled out of England action for a third time in 12 months

Northampton flanker Calum Clark ruled out of England squad

Clark was ruled out of England's summer tour of South Africa last year and the autumn internationals

The president of the Italian parliament, Laura Boldrini

Italy: MP writes open letter to 'suicidal' gay teen

In a public exchange of letters that has touched many Italians, the speaker of the parliament has asked to meet a young gay man who says he feels suicidal in one of Europe’s most homophobic societies.

President Dilma Rousseff is set to announce a new development agency that will offer assistance to African countries

Sao Paolo to write off £600m of African debt

Brazil will cancel or restructure almost $900m (£595m) of debt owed by African countries as part of a plan to increase its future funding to the continent.

The 100 most powerful women - 1: Angela Merkel

German chancellor Angela Merkel named most powerful woman in the world by Forbes - again

The Queen and JK Rowling only British women to appear in the top 100

Suarez punches his Gonzalo Jara during Uruguay's defeat against Chile

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez escapes punishment for 'punching' opponent in World Cup qualifier

The incident occurred in Uruguay's game with Chile

Luis Suarez played with a ‘dead or alive’ attitude in the Netherlands

'Child-like Luis Suarez is capable of doing anything to win,' says the man who brought the Liverpool striker to Europe

Suarez is currently serving a ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links