It's been almost a year since 39 Punjab construction workers were abducted by the Islamic State militants in Iraq.
The militants, who have seized much of northern Iraq since arriving from Syria in June, wasted no time after the village's leader, or sheikh, stood up for his ancient Yazidi faith.
Islamic State militants have told residents in the area to leave, according to an engineer who works at the site.
Francis has stepped up his denunciation of the attacks against Christians and religious minorities in Iraq.
The French presidency said in a statement on Wednesday that the arms shipment will be delivered "in the coming hours" and has been agreed with authorities in Baghdad.
American fighter aircraft struck and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint southwest of Mt Sinjar.
Washington delivered a stern warning to Maliki not to "stir the waters" by using force to cling to power.
In a televised address Fouad Massoum gave Haider al-Ibadi 30 days to form a new government and present it to parliament for approval, expressing his hope he would succeed.
Two months ago, Haidar was travelling in a tractor with his family to their fields when a landmine went off leaving a shrapnel lodged in his brain.
Obama warned Americans that the new campaign to bring security in Iraq requires military and political changes and "is going to be a long-term project".
"I don't think we're going to solve this problem in weeks. This is going to take some time," Obama told a news conference in Washington.
The latest strike took place in the Kurdish city of Irbil and targeted Sunni militants.
Islamic State fighters have advanced to within a half hour's drive of Arbil, capital of Iraq's Kurdish region and a hub for US oil companies.
The US President has authorised targeted air strikes in Iraq for the first time since troops withdrew three years ago. However, he said that the US will be not be dragged back to war.
Along with the nurses, 15 Keralites, working as labourers in a company, in Kurdistan, have also arrived.
Yogi Adityanath said reports that four youths from Mumbai have joined ISIS was a disturbing development and needed to be dealt with sternly.
Since the escalation of the Iraq crisis in the second week of June 2014, the rupee has depreciated from Rs 59.33 to Rs 60.45 against the US dollar on Friday.
There were about 10,000 Indians before the start of the serious strife between government troops and Sunni militants backed by al Qaeda in Iraq.
The police had questioned families of the missing youth on Monday. A report was submitted to the Home Ministry in this regard.
Heavily in debt, many of them are worried about what they're returning to.