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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

Daniel Hughes did not have permission to give a phone interview from the top of the mountain

The height of rule-breaking: Everest climber Daniel Hughes in trouble for 'illegal' video interview from peak

A British climber who delivered a live video interview from the top of Mount Everest has found himself in trouble with the Nepalese authorities who have branded the broadcast illegal.

MPs in line for £20,000 pay rise in move likely to spark public anger

MPs could get a pay rise of up to £20,000 in a move that could spark considerable public resentment.

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Twivo: the Twitter spoiler, er, spoiler

What do you do if you miss the latest episode of The Apprentice and don’t want your friends to spoil Sir Alan’s latest round of P45-laden wailings before you get a chance to catch up on iPlayer? You can swear them to silence and avoid large public gatherings, but there’s still your Twitter feed to worry about. Of course, you could sign off the social networking site for a while, but that’s hardly a solution for the digitally addicted.

Sir Alex Ferguson lift the 2013 Premier League trophy

In full: Sir Alex Ferguson's farewell speech at Old Trafford

Manager says goodbye to Old Trafford after 27 years in charge

The Rhine in Germany

Summer Guide 2013: Rivers

Float down the Rhine in Germany on a 10-day cruise on the MS Algeria with Shearings (0844 824 6351; shearings.com). You can admire the Unesco-listed Rhine Gorge from the comfort of the boat. The journey includes excursions such as wine-tasting in Boppard, a walking tour of Koblenz and a trip to the castle at Lahnstein. The price of £879pp, based on two sharing, includes return coach travel from regional stops around England, a week's full-board cruise and two nights' half-board hotel accommodation en route.

Sex scandal Republican, Mark Sanford, returns to House of Representatives

The former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, who left office after a sex scandal, has made a stunning comeback to win a seat in the House of Representatives.

Get me out of here - Croatia cruise, Corfu, India

Now... On 18 May, Sail Croatia has a week cruising from Dubrovnik, pictured, to Split, taking in azure waters bays along the way, aboard the small Navigator ship for £199pp. Flights to Croatia are not included. Sail-croatia.com

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Ueli Steck, left and Jonathan Griffith, right, were both nearly killed when a they were threatened by a mob of up to 100 angry sherpas

Truce reached after fight between climbers and Sherpas near Everest summit

Nepal's Mountaineering Department said a truce was reached at base camp

Ueli Steck, left and Jonathan Griffith, right, were both nearly killed when a they were threatened by a mob of up to 100 angry sherpas

Treading on thin ice: Three European climbers get into fight with Sherpas near Everest summit

The team of three Europeans claim a misunderstanding between themselves and a group of Sherpas deteriorated into an ugly scene

Cultural life: Mark Ravenhill, playwright

Cultural life: Mark Ravenhill, playwright

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Deals of the week - County Cork, French camping, Sicily Spa

Less than £200... Spring is a fine time to take in the delights of Ireland. Until 30 May, Irish Ferries Holidays is offering three nights at The Castle Hotel in County Cork for £192pp, with breakfast and return ferry crossings from Pembroke to Rosslare and car included. Irishferries.com

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