News in Brief 21 September 2015 (AM)

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IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. Photo File: IAEA/Dean Calma /

Progress made, but more work to be done on Iranian nuclear "roadmap"

Significant progress has been achieved in the implementation of the so-called nuclear "roadmap" in Iran, but much work remains in the weeks ahead.

That's the assessment of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) following a visit to Iran this past weekend.

Iran and the nuclear watchdog agreed to the confidential "roadmap" following the announcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and other world powers in July.

The roadmap is said to address longstanding concerns about possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear programme.

Urgent need to support Syrian refugees

The international community must do more to address the needs of Syrian refugees, according to the UN's top humanitarian official.

In his first visit to the region as UN humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien has said more must be done to urgently increase support to Syrian refugees.

Mr O'Brien expressed particularly concern that a "disproportionate burden" has fallen on neighbouring countries, including Jordan, which is hosting millions of displaced Syrians.

Serious concerns following Cholera outbreak in Iraq

A cholera outbreak in parts of Iraq has led to serious concerns about the disease spreading.

The country's Ministry of Health says it is working with the World Health Organization and other UN-partners to contain the spread of the disease

While the outbreak is said to be localized, officials are working urgently to deploy monitoring and case management resources. Of particular concern are communities hosting vulnerable populations, such as large numbers of internally displaced persons.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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