News briefs:March 27, 2006
Audio Wikinews transcript, 2006-03-27 1200 UTC
The time is 1200 UTC on the 27th of March, and this is Audio Wikinews: News Briefs.
European Union demands release of Belarusian opposition leader
The EU has demanded the release of Alexander Kozulin, a Belarusian opposition leader arrested during a protest rally in Minsk. Kozulin was one of the leaders in a series of rolling protests against the recent election victory of President Alexander Lukashenko.
Crash kills Indy driver Paul Dana
Indy Racing League (IRL) driver Paul Dana died Sunday afternoon, following injuries sustained earlier today during a crash in the warmup session of the Toyota 300 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
During the warmup, Ed Carpenter's car spun out heading into a turn, hitting the wall and continuing to spin down the track when Dana hit his car on the side while travelling at over 200 mph or 321 km/h. Both were taken to a nearby hospital, where Dana died nearly two hours later, shortly after noon local time (1700 UTC).
Airbus A380 safety test injures 33
Thirty-three people were injured during a test of the Airbus A380, a double decker superjumbo jet, in Hamburg, Germany. Injuries include friction burns from sliding down the escape ramps and one broken leg. 853 volunteer "passengers" and 20 crew members took about 80 seconds to evacuate the aircraft, beating the test's requirements by 10 seconds and over 200 people "rescued".
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