Argentina unlikely to risk Messi on Tuesday

Lionel Messi looks set to miss a second consecutive match because of a foot problem when Argentina meet Ecuador in a friendly in New Jersey on Tuesday.

 Accused Boston bomber's brother researched fireworks, guns: Expert

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev`s older brother, Tamerlan, researched radio transmitters, fireworks and gun stores in the weeks leading up to the 2013 attack that killed three people, a computer expert testified on Tuesday.

 Ex-military ruler Buhari claims victory in historic Nigerian vote

 Nigeria`s opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) declared an election victory on Tuesday for former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and said Africa`s most populous nation was witnessing history with its first democratic transfer of power.

Palestinians to ask FIFA to suspend Israel

The Palestinian Football Association will ask the FIFA Congress in May to suspend Israel, accusing it of continuing to hamper its soccer activities.

 Turkish special forces enter courthouse as prosecutor held at gunpoint

A far-left Turkish group took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage on Tuesday and threatened to kill him, prompting special forces to enter the courthouse and police to evacuate the building.

England women's goalkeeper Karen Bardsley faces violent conduct charge

England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has been charged with violent conduct after punches were thrown during a match between Manchester City and Birmingham City women`s teams.

 Iraqi forces drive Islamic State out of central Tikrit: PM

Iraqi troops aided by Shi`ite paramilitaries have driven Islamic State out of central Tikrit, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday, but the fight to retake all of Saddam Hussein`s home town continued.

 All Germanwings crash victims to be identified by end of week, says Hollande

French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that all 150 victims of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps would be identified by the end of the week.

 Hurricane-strength winds batter northern Europe, hit travel

Hurricane-force winds lashed parts of northern Europe on Tuesday, including Germany and the Netherlands, causing flights to be cancelled, snarling some train services and hitting port traffic.

 Painting in Dutch royal collection was Nazi loot: Official report

 The Dutch Royal Family owns a painting by a Dutch master that was looted by the Nazis during Germany`s occupation of the Netherlands in World War Two, according to a report published on Tuesday.