News in Brief

Israeli flag burned in Budapest again

The Israeli flag was set alight in the Hungarian capital of Budapest on Friday for the second time in two months, this time by an independent parliamentarian who formerly represented the right-wing Jobbik party. The flag-burning took place during a small anti-Israel demonstration in front of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry. The MP, Balazs Lenhardt, was arrested, but released Friday night after questioning. Israeli Ambassador to Hungary Ilan Mor expressed shock at the incident. "It's unbelievable that such a thing should happen in a country that considers itself a friend of the State of Israel," he said. (Ofer Aderet )

Spokesman: Hillary Clinton recovering from concussion

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is recovering at home after fainting due to dehydration and sustaining a concussion, a State Department spokesman said yesterday. "While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion," Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines said in a statement. "She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week." The virus forced her to cancel a planned trip to the Middle East and North Africa last weekend. (Reuters )

Iran: NATO missiles in Turkey threaten 'world war'

The planned deployment of NATO Patriot missiles along Turkey's border with Syria could lead to a "world war" that would threaten Europe as well, Iran's military chief of staff said yesterday. Turkey requested the anti-missile system after gunfire from war-torn Syria spilled repeatedly into its territory. "Each one of these Patriots is a black mark on the world map, and is meant to cause a world war," said Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency. "They are making plans for a world war, and this is very dangerous for the future of humanity and for the future of Europe itself." (Reuters )

Georgia, Russia tiptoe toward partial restoration of ties

Russia and Georgia set out a blueprint for the partial restoration of ties at their first direct talks about bilateral relations since the former Soviet republics fought a five-day war in 2008, the Georgian negotiator said yesterday. Russia and Georgia severed diplomatic ties due to the war, which followed years of tension over Moscow's support for two rebel regions and Georgia's drive to join NATO, and trade all but dried up. (Reuters )