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Asian Markets Up but Investors Still Edgy Over Greece

Asian markets recover some ground on value hunting after last week's heavy losses, but investors remain wary over the euro zone despite world leaders calling for Greece to stay in the monetary union.

(CNBC/REUTERS) TOKYO - The FTSE CNBC Asia 100 Index which measures markets across Asia, inched up 0.1 percent.

Japan's Nikkei average edged up, with short-covering prompting a recovery from the sharp losses of the previous session, and a call from world leaders for Greece to remain in the euro zone helping to soothe investors' jitters.

The Nikkei put on 0.3 percent to 8,633.89 after sliding 3 percent on Friday to log a seventh straight week of losses, its longest such run since 2001, as the euro zone debt crisis and concerns over global growth intensified. The Topix slipped 0.1 percent to 725.15, with volume hitting a two-week low, indicating a lack of conviction for the rebound.

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Searching For Marianna, A Pregnant Doctor From Mariupol Held Captive By The Russians

We’ve heard about the plight of the soldiers-turned-prisoners from Mariupol. Here are some traces of the disturbing fate of a young female doctor who’s been taken away.

A paper dove reads "Mariupol" at a shelter for displaced children in Uzhhorod, western Ukraine.

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"Wait for me, because I will return…"

Marianna Mamonova wrote these words to her family, among the text messages and short phone calls that are the only remaining fragments used to piece together her recent past. We also have a photo of her, posted on Russian websites, where she looks into the lens, gaunt and exhausted, signed with a number like a concentration camp prisoner.

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Until the Russian-Ukrainian war, Mamonova’s biography was available to anyone who wanted to know. She was born in 1991, studied at the Ternopil Medical University, and later at the Kyiv Military Academy. After completing her studies, she was sent to work in the coastal city of Berdiansk. Her mother says that this is where her daughter's dream came true: She’d always wanted to be a military doctor, and worked in Berdiansk for three years, receiving the rank of officer in the Ukrainian army.

Beginning in 2014, she’d worked stints as a front-line doctor in the Donbas region, and when Russia invaded Ukraine in February she went to war again. This time in Mariupol.

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