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.

Hajj toll rises: Saudi officials say at least 717 pilgrims were killed and 863 injured during the stampede in Mina. A Saudi official blamed pilgrims who failed to follow directions, but such incidents have become common during the Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.

Obama to meet Putin: The American president has not met with his Russian counterpart in nearly a year. Their meeting at the U.N. on Monday comes amid strained relations over the Syrian civil war, as well as Russia’s role in the Ukraine conflict.

Volkswagen fallout: The Wall Street Journal reports that the beleaguered automaker will name Matthias Müller, the CEO of Porsche, as its new chief executive. He will replace Martin Winterkorn, who resigned Wednesday over the emissions scandal.