Protests Saturday in the Algerian city of Annaba. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Five weeks of massive protests in Algeria reached a tipping point, as the North African country's army chief called for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be declared unfit for office and removed.

The backdrop: Bouteflika, 82, has rarely appeared in public since a 2013 stroke. He was only put forward for a fifth term last month because Algeria's factionalized elites couldn't decide on a successor. Earlier this month, Bouteflika called for the elections to be delayed and said he'd resign after a national conference charted the path forward. But the protesters aren't just demanding a new president — they want to topple the entire system.

What's next: With the army now opposing him, Bouteflika is unlikely to last much longer. There is a multi-step constitutional process to remove him from office, which would result in the leader of the upper house of parliament taking control until new elections can be held. In the meantime, Algeria's elites will be desperately scrambling to retain their power.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency Monday as Zeta strengthened into a hurricane and threatened Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as it moved towards the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The state of play: Zeta was expected to make landfall on the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Monday night, bringing with it a "dangerous storm surge" and "heavy rainfall" as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Service said.

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Supreme Court rejects request to extend Wisconsin absentee ballot deadline

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The Supreme Court in a 5-3 decision Monday rejected an effort by Wisconsin Democrats and civil rights groups to extend the state's deadline for counting absentee ballots to six days after Election Day, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3.

Why it matters: All ballots must now be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in Wisconsin, a critical swing state in the presidential election.

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