What We're Following This Afternoon

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Snowden’s back:

Volkswagen’s plan: Matthias Müller, the automaker’s new CEO, told his managers the company has put together a plan to refit vehicles affected by the emissions-test cheating scandal, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters report. About 11 million diesel cars worldwide are affected—and, as Bourree reports, the lawsuits are coming.

Catalan leader indicted: On Sunday, a pro-independence party won a majority in Catalonia’s parliament, prompting their leader Artur Mas to push for a referendum for secession from Spain. But today Catalonia’s high court indicted Mas on preliminary charges of disobedience, abuse of authority, and usurping authority. The regional government called the lawsuit politically motivated.

ISIS members are sanctioned: The State and Treasury Departments announced sanctions against 30 individuals and groups from around the world for supporting and financing ISIS. As Adam reports, “If anything relating to the terrorist group still has the capacity to surprise, it would be the diversity on the two lists.”

A former FIFA exec is banned: The ethics panel of soccer’s governing body banned Jack Warner, its former vice president, for life, citing repeated misconduct. Warner was one of 14 executives the U.S. indicted in May on corruption charges.