Monkeypox Declared Global Emergency, Ukraine and Russia Reach Agreement on Grain, Pope Francis to Apologize to Canadian Indigenous Communities

Monkeypox Declared Global Health Emergency

The World Health Organization declared monkeypox, which has spread to dozens of countries and infected more than 16,000 people, as a global emergency Saturday.

WHO’s Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, overruled a panel of advisors who could not come to a consensus regarding the disease. Ghebreyesus said monkeypox warrants “international concern.” Only two other diseases are currently designated with such intensity: COVID-19 and polio.

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Russia Agrees to Let Ukraine Ship Grain

Amid Russia’s invasion into Ukraine, food has been blocked, worsening the global food crisis. After three months of talks, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement Friday to free more than 20 million tons of grain currently at Ukraine’s Black Sea ports.

The deal was brokered by the United Nations and Turkey.

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Pope Frances to Apologize to Canada’s Indigenous communities

In his first full day in Canada during a six-day “trip of penance” visit, Pope Francis is expected to apologize to Indigenous communities for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in residential school systems, in which thousand of Indigenous children died and many others were abused.

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