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TOKYO – Lambasting both Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and the prime minister's office, the national task force investigating last year's accident at Fukushima's No. 1 nuclear plant concluded that human error played a role in the reactor's meltdown, and was not only due to the tsunami that hit the plant, the Asahi Shimbun, the Japanese daily, reports.

"The accident was not a natural disaster but was apparently a man-made disaster," the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC) said in its final report released Thursday.

The panel concluded: "The crisis management system of the prime minister's office and the regulatory authorities did not function."

Meanwhile, electricity generated from nuclear fission has began flowing again in Japan on Thursday, ending a nearly two-month hiatus in the aftermath of the Fukushima meltdowns, AFP reports.

The restart of the first reactor in the town of Ohi in Fukui prefecture sparked large protests in Tokyo, but Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda urged support for the move, saying a return to nuclear power was essential for the economy, BBC News reports.

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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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