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2019年03月21日

EU to Reportedly Reject UK May's Request for Brexit Delay

EU to Reportedly Reject UK May's Request for Brexit Delay

UK prime minister Theresa May's plan to delay Brexit by three months and a new withdrawal date has been set for no later than 22 May, the Guardian reported on Thursday.

Mrs. May is currently seeking an extension of Article 50 to 30 June with EU officials in Brussels so that she can urge MPs to pass the required legislation, but only if MPs back her Brexit plan next week.

But according to sources at an EU ambassadors meeting on late Wednesday, the EU has come to a consensus that the UK should leave the bloc no later than 23 May, just before European elections.

Some member states favoured a "longer period and some a shorter", but agreed that 22 May would be the maximum amount of time permitted.
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Tehran, Moscow, Ankara Discuss Status of Syrian Crisis’ Prisoners

FARSNEWS2019/3/20
Tehran, Moscow, Ankara Discuss Status of Syrian Crisis’ Prisoners
TEHRAN (FNA)- Representatives from 3 guarantor states of the Astana peace process - Iran, Russia and Turkey - plus envoys from the United Nations (UN) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) exchanged views on the process for prisoners swap in Syria.

Representatives from Iran, Russia, Turkey, the ICRC, and the UN held a working-level meeting in Moscow on Tuesday on exchange of detainees and kidnapped individuals during the last eight years of Syrian conflict.

Iranian Director General for the Middle East and North African Affairs Hamid Reza Dehqani represented Iran in the seventh round of the working-level negotiations.

The parties agreed to hold the eighth round of the committees’ talks on the sidelines of the next Astana summit that is set to take place by the next two months in the Kazakh capital.

The Astana talks, started in 2017, are an initiative of Iran, Russia and Turkey meant to sort out the eight years of war in Syria through trilateral negotiations. The trio have held 11 rounds of such negotiations so far that have led to important decisions about a peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict.

Back in mid-February, The Presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey stressed, in a final statement issued at the end of the high-profile Sochi summit on Syria, that the United States' possible retreat from Syria would help strengthen stability and security in the war-torn country.

The three chief executives voiced their strong opposition to the start of any new war in Syria under anti-terrorism claims, and stressed that they would show resolve in preserving and protecting Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

To this end, they added, the US military pullout, if it happens, would be a positive move in line with reinvigorating security and stability in Syria.

Meantime, the trio reiterated in their statement that they would also stand tough against "separatist" moves.

Hassan Rouhani, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan gathered in Sochi on February 14, 2019 for a Tripartite Summit on Syria.


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RT2019/3/20
A former nurse who can smell the “musky odour” of Parkinson’s disease has helped scientists develop a new test that can detect the condition before symptoms appear.

People with a heightened sense of smell have reported a musky odour from patients with Parkinson’s disease, and “super smeller” Joy Milne, 68, from Scotland claims she first noticed the smell on her husband, Les, 12 years before he was diagnosed with the condition.

Milne didn’t learn of her super-smelling talents, until she attended a Parkinson’s support group with her husband and found everyone had the same distinct odour.

Milne mentioned the strange revelation to neurobiologist, Tilo Kunath, who studies Parkinson’s at Edinburgh University.

Kunath tested Milne’s skills by having her sniff a series of t-shirts worn by Parkinson’s patients and healthy people, in which she identified all confirmed cases and one other ‘healthy person’ who she said had the same scent. Eight months later that person was diagnosed with the disease.

Together with Perdita Barran, of the University of Manchester, the pair worked to identify the compounds that make up the distinctive odour and develop their non-invasive screening test for early detection. Their results were published in the journal ACS Central Science.

Barran said early detection is crucial when treating Parkinson’s disease, which can often be hindered by confusion between natural brain digresion due to aging, and the neurodegenerative disorder.

Scientists are now testing the technique on a group of people taking part in a sleep study in Austria after people with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep deprivation disorder were previously found to have a 50 percent risk of developing Parkinson’s in later life.

It’s hoped the test could help doctors diagnose and treat the disease at its earliest stage, meaning more patients could avail of experimental drugs that can protect brain cells from being eroded by the disease.

Milne, who says Alzheimer’s also has a vanilla-like smell, and cancer has an earthy odour, is now working with researchers to identify an odour associated with tuberculosis.
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