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Cosmetics queen fights skin bleaching

As CEO of a cosmetic empire in Ghana, Grace Amey-Obeng has been on a 25-year mission to enhance natural beauty and halt the rise of skin bleaching attitudes in her homeland.

Fukushima residents cleared to return home

Hundreds of residents of an area contaminated by a catastrophic reactor meltdown at a nuclear plant in northeastern Japan have been allowed to return home three years after the disaster.

Germany: Putin to pull some troops back from Ukraine border

Potentially easing a diplomatic standoff with the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday that he'd ordered a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from his country's border area with Ukraine, Merkel's office said.

Ukrainians prepare for battle

CNN's Karl Penhaul speaks to a Ukrainian priest who is calling on his flock to fight the Russians.

North, South Korea 'exchange fire'

A day after raising the possibility of further nuclear tests, North Korea has engaged in provocative live-fire exercises near the South Korean maritime border, leading to an exchange of fire between the two neighbors.

Cuba eyes more investors

Few would say Cuba is an easy place to do business, but a new law aimed at bringing pep to an anemic economy may lure more foreign investors.

New floating objects 'dead end'

Australian search crew are back to square one after objects spotted turned out to be fishing equipment and dead jellyfish.

Kerry heads to Israel for Mideast peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Israel on Monday as part of the latest efforts to forge a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

U.N. court orders Japan to halt whale hunt

The International Court of Justice ruled Monday that Japan can no longer continue its annual whale hunt, rejecting the country's argument that it was for scientific purposes.

Russia: 'Federal' structure for Ukraine

Hours before meeting his U.S. counterpart on Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on Western powers to back a proposal for a "federal" structure in Ukraine.

Egypt to hold presidential elections May 26-27

Egypt's presidential elections will take place on May 26 and 27, Egyptian media reported Sunday, citing an announcement by the country's Presidential Elections Commission.

Turkey vote a litmus test for Prime Minister Erdogan

Local elections in Turkey on Sunday are seen as an indication of how recent controversies and corruption probes are affecting support for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party.

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