Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) - Iraqi officials insisted Tuesday they were holding on to a key oil refinery while making gains elsewhere against militant fighters.
The deputy prime minister for energy affairs, Hussain al-Shahristani, denied media reports that militants had taken the Baiji oil refinery, saying that security forces are still fighting militants at the site.
The state-run Iraqiya news agency also claimed that security forces still controlled the refinery.
Iraqi special forces killed the militant who led the attacks against the refinery, who goes by the name of Abu Qutada, Iraqiya said. Airstrikes also killed 19 militants, the news agency reported.
A soccer star at the World Cup may have bitten off more than he can chew - a bite of his opponent's shoulder.
Soccer officials are investigating the incident while fans are mocking one of the biggest names in the sport. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the story of a player accused of eating Italian.View my Flipboard Magazine.
Boko Haram terrorists have attacked again. This time, they targeted a village in northeastern Nigeria where they set an entire village on fire, killed 30 men, and took 60 women and girls as captives.
Officials say this includes several children between the ages of 3 and 12. This is the same terrorist group that kidnapped nearly 300 school girls over two months ago.
Of them, more than 200 girls are still missing. And now, there are new concerns about who is funding this group.
CNN talks to an American kidnapped by pirates and held hostage for weeks before he was freed in exchange for ransom cash.
But did that cash end up going to fund terrorists? Kyung Lah has the report.View my Flipboard Magazine.
Congressional leaders from both parties holding hands and singing "We Shall Overcome" at an event Tuesday, marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Some were crying. Some looking less than thrilled.
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It may be one of the biggest falls from grace in sports history. New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's is accused of shooting and killing two men after one of them bumped into him on a dance floor, causing the athlete to spill his drink
The former football star has also been charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player. He made an appearance in court today.
Susan Candiotti takes a closer look at the fallen football player in a CNN special "Downward Spiral: Inside the Case against Aaron Hernandez".
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