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.

Guantanamo prisoner freed: Younis Abdurrahman Chekkourm, a Moroccan who spent more than 13 years in Guantanamo Bay, was returned to his home country, the Pentagon said. He was captured in 2001 by Pakistani forces as he fled Afghanistan with other members of al-Qaida, and turned over to the U.S. Chekkourm, who was never charged, was freed after a security review and notification of Congress. Update: More here.

Watching the Fed: We’ll know this afternoon whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates, and post that news in this section. My colleague Bourree has more here. Update: It kept rates level. More here.

A brawl over pacifism: A debate over a controversial security bill resulted in a scuffle among Japanese lawmakers. The measure would allow the military to fight overseas for the first time since World War II. My colleague Kathy has more here.