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The Latest: Iran lawmaker confirms Russia using Iranian base

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Syrian civil war, a day after Russia used a base in Iran to launch airstrikes in the Arab country (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

A prominent Iranian lawmaker has confirmed that Russia is using Iran’s Shahid Nojeh Air Base for airstrikes in Syria.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of the parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee, said Wednesday that Russian fighter jets land in Shahid Nojeh Air Base only to refuel and this is under the permission of the country’s Supreme National Security Council.

Africa’s Richest Man Signs Deal With China, Inaugurates $250 Million Cement Plant In Cameroon

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has signed a $4.3 billion deal with Sinoma International Engineering Co, a Chinese engineering company, to build factories for his cement company across Africa and Asia.

According to a report by Reuters, Sinoma, a state-owned company, will build 7 cement plants for Dangote Cement across Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia and Nepal.

The Latest: FAA computer problem resolved, travel to resume

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest after a technical problem caused widespread flight delays at airports in spots along the East Coast. (All times are local):

9:45 p.m.

As of about 9:30 p.m. general arrival and departure delays were 15 minutes or less, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Flight Delay Information site. The information on the site reports general airport conditions and is not flight-specific.

U.S. Supreme Court Asked To Review Secrecy Of DHS’s Wireless Kill Switch Policy

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), an independent non-profit research center and high-profile privacy and freedom of information advocacy group, announced yesterday that it filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the Court to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s February 2015 judgment permitting the Department of Homeland Security to withhold releasing substantially all of a secret protocol that governs the shutdown of wireless networks in emergencies.

The Iran Deal Is A Cypher

The Iran nuclear deal announced July 14 is, so far, a sketch of thoughts and clauses, perfectly amenable to different reads. Champions say it’s brilliant, or the best deal that could be had, or better than no deal.  Naysayers say it’s a catastrophe. The New York Times described the deal as a ‘bet’ whose direction and payout would take years to confirm.

AQAP Targets Iran’s Ambassador to Yemen

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

A vehicle borne improvised explosive device was detonated just outside the residence of Iran’s ambassador to Yemen today killing two and wounding seventeen. The al-Qaeda franchise in Yemen, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after the explosion. Hossein Niknam, Iran’s Ambassador and target of the attack, was not home at the time, but had only left ten minutes prior to the attack.