What We're Following This Morning

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Hajj stampede: More than 200 people have been killed and another 450 injured in a stampede near Mecca, Saudi officials say. Millions of Muslims are participating in the pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest city. Today’s incident comes just weeks after a crane collapse at Mecca’s Grand Mosque killed 109 people and injured about 400 others. Update: More here.

Migrant crisis: EU leaders meeting in an emergency summit have failed to agree on a common policy to deal with Europe’s worst migrant crisis since World War II. But they did agree to give U.N. agencies who work with Syrian refugees about $1.1 billion. UNHCR welcomed the money, but expressed disappointment that “no further measures have been proposed to create more legal pathways for refugees to reach safety in Europe.” Update: More here.

Papal visit: Pope Francis will become the first pontiff to addresses Congress today. He then heads to lunch with the homeless organized by Catholic Charities outside Washington’s St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Francis leaves the nation’s capital this evening and heads to New York.