News briefs:January 4, 2007
The time is 11:00 (UTC) on January 4, 2007, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.
The Iraqi government has shut down the Baghdad studios of a privately-owned satellite TV station for "inciting sectarian violence" because it broadcast images of people mourning the execution of Saddam Hussein. The press-freedom organization Reporters Without Borders on Tuesday condemned the interior ministry's decision to shut down the Al-Charkiya station, which follows the earlier closures of the al-Zaura and Salah-Eddin TV stations for showing footage of Iraqis protesting Saddam's death sentence.
U.S. Senator Barack Obama's family name is very similar to the given name of the most wanted Osama bin Laden. According to American online blog Daily Kos, which was the first to report it, CNN mixed the two up on Monday, leading into a segment on bin Laden with the title, "Where's Obama?" on The Situation Room, a show hosted by Wolf Blitzer.
An infectious superbug spreading in the United States is to "emerge in force" in Canada, doctors fear. An article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Tuesday said that Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus are "spreading with alarming rapidity." Usually elderly or very ill hospital patients get the disease. Experts say that basic hand washing using soap or alcohol gels and other techniques could help to prevent spreading of the disease.
Police are still looking for the suspect that killed Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, 24, in a drive by shooting on January 1. Williams was killed by a single gunshot wound to the neck.
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