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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

Andy Carroll

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll earns England chance

The striker is currently out on loan with West Ham

Luis Suarez pictured training with Liverpool today

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez 'has the mentality of a child' says the man who brought him to Europe

Henk Veldmate signed the Uruguyan striker for Gronigen

Charles Darwin

Page 3 Profile: Charles Darwin, father of evolution

Surely we know everything we can about Darwin?

Antolin Alcaraz in action against Manchester United

Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz 'touch and go' for FA Cup final

The Paraguay defender suffered a hamstring strain at the weekend

Chile's Marcos Gonzalez (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Brazil, during their friendly football match at the Mineirao stadium

Brazil booed by own fans during draw with Chile

 Luiz Felipe Scolari's side were playing their first friendly at a 2014 World Cup stadium

Andre Santos

Andre Santos claims to have only learnt how to be a full-back after move to Arsenal

The defender is currently out on loan at Gremio

Investment View: Fan of big drinks firms? More power to your elbow...

They may not be the most characterful of brews but they are reliable

Genetically modified crops needed to 'feed the world,' says Government's chief scientific advisor Mark Walport

Sir Mark says EU regulation means not enough GM crops can be grown

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

Why can Lionel Messi get away with a punch and not Luis Suarez?

Uruguayan FA question why Fifa have targeted the Liverpool striker

Margaret Thatcher funeral: Procession passes Downing Street

In life she was a symbol of this small but significant London location and now, in death, Baroness Thatcher passed Downing Street for the last time today.

Seven die in Venezuela's post-election protests amid calls for recount

Seven people have been killed and 61 injured in protests following Venezuela’s presidential elections in which the opposition candidate is demanding a recount.

Nicolas Maduro gives a victory speech in Caracas early yesterday

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles refuses to throw in towel after narrow presidential poll defeat to Nicolas Maduro

Opposition leader calls for recount ‘of every vote’ in Venezuela’s disputed presidential election

Global growth continues for AMBA

The international authority on postgraduate business education, the Association of MBAs (AMBA), has reported a 17 per cent growth in membership numbers.

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

Uruguay back 'persecuted' Liverpool striker Luis Suarez following investigation into punch incident

Striker struck Chile defender Jara while on international duty

Protests erupt in Brazil after landowner Jose Rodrigues Moreira is acquitted in Amazon activists murder case

A Brazilian landowner accused of ordering the murder of two activists who campaigned against illegal logging and evictions in the Amazon has been acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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
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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