Brazil: Utility official attacked

ALTAMIRA — Painted and feathered Indians waving machetes and clubs slashed an official of Brazil's national electric company Tuesday during a protest over a proposed hydroelectric dam.

Mobs of Indians from different tribes surrounded Eletrobras engineer Paulo Fernando Rezende minutes after he gave a presentation to a gathering debating the impact of the Belo Monte dam on traditional communities living near this small, remote city in the Amazon region.

Rezende emerged shirtless, with a deep, bloody gash on his shoulder, but said "I'm OK, I'm OK," as colleagues rushed him to a car.

Britain: Gay Iranian can stay

LONDON — Britain said Tuesday that it is granting asylum to a gay Iranian teenager who fears that he could face execution if forced to return to his homeland.

Britain's Border Agency said it would allow asylum for Mehdi Kazemi, who traveled in 2005 to London to study English and while there learned that his lover in Iran had been charged with sodomy and hanged.

Germany: Fire at landmark

BERLIN — A fire Tuesday sent plumes of acrid gray smoke pouring from the roof of the Berlin Philharmonic's landmark home, where musicians and firefighters rushed to save precious instruments.

The blaze broke out beneath the roof of the building over the main concert hall, which seats 2,440 and is famed for its extraordinary acoustics. There were no injuries and the fire was brought under control after about five hours.

Iceland: Whale hunt begins

REYKJAVIK — Whale hunting season began in Iceland on Tuesday as the country's first whaling ship of the year set sail in defiance of a worldwide moratorium on the practice.

Despite condemnation from environmental groups and concerns by Iceland's foreign minister that a resumption of whaling could damage the country's popular whale-watching business, the government is allowing 40 minke whales to be hunted for their meat over the next six months.

India: Bad booze toll hits 90

NEW DELHI — Locally brewed liquor apparently tainted with lethal chemicals has killed another 20 people in southern India, bringing the death toll from the past four days to 90, police said Tuesday.

Bootleggers began selling the deadly brew Saturday after police shut authorized liquor shops in parts of the Karnataka state because of voting for the state government, said Sri Kumar, the state police chief.

Japan: 17 babies 'dropped'

TOKYO — An anonymous baby "drop box" in southern Japan received 17 babies from around the country in its first year since opening last May, reports said.

The Catholic-run Jikei Hospital in Kumamoto City created the "Stork's Cradle" following a series of high-profile cases in which newborns were abandoned in parks and at supermarkets.

The children are cared for by the hospital, then put up for adoption or sent to a home for infants.

Mexico: City police-free

CIUDAD JUAREZ — There are no police anymore in Villa Ahumada. Even the mayor has fled.

Drug gangs have virtually seized this town of 1,500 not far from Texas, as Mexico's cartels grow increasingly audacious.

The Mexican military took over the police department this week because all 20 officers on the force have either been killed, run out of town or quit, officials said Tuesday.

Spain: Basque arrested

MADRID — Spanish police say a top member of the militant Basque group ETA has been arrested in southern France.

A police spokesman says Javier Lopez Pena has been detained in the southern coastal city of Bordeaux along with three others alleged ETA members.

ETA is blamed for killing more than 825 people since the late 1960s.