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Kinshasa: In a bid to keep television sets on for the full 90 minutes, World Cup viewers in Democratic Republic of Congo are being told ahead of each match in Brazil to turn off their lights and refrain from turning on electric cookers.

Serve it

Santo Andre: Germany’s Toni Kroos is happy to be called ‘the waiter’ if it means he’s feeding his teammates with appetising passes, but off the pitch he prefers to order his meals from someone else.

Asked at a news conference if he would like the Brazilian nickname ‘Garcon’, Kroos smiled before answering: “That’s alright… But when we're sitting around together in the evening, I prefer to be served.”

Ian robbed

London: Former England striker Ian Wright flew home from the World Cup in Brazil after his wife and children were held at knifepoint in a burglary, reports said Thursday.

It is understood four men armed with knives broke into Wright’s London home and held his wife and children before stealing personal possessions. Wright tweeted “You won't get away with it!” in an apparent reference to the burglary.