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BERLIN - A 25-year-old track layer was fired by Berlin's public transportation company BVG for smoking hash on the weekend, Die Welt reports. A court decision in the Denny W. case could set a precedent in German law with regard to whether an employee in a sector where public safety is an issue can consume recreational drugs -- off job premises, in their free time -- that may still be in their system when they return to work.

The case emerged after Denny W. applied for an additional job qualification as truck driver, and needed to pass a medical to get the license. The doctor refused to clear him based on the results of urine analysis and drug screening, and also questioned his suitability for his track-laying job. After a follow-up set of tests yielded the same results, Denny W. was fired. The BVG cited concern for safety as the reason, Die Welt reported.

The court will announce its verdict on August 28.

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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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