Algerian students take part in a protest today in the capital. Photo: Ryad Kramdi/AFP/Getty Images

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has agreed to resign effective immediately following six weeks of massive protests, according to the APS state news agency. Earlier today, Algeria's army chief demanded the ailing leader step aside.

Why it matters: Bouteflika has been in office for two decades but has hardly appeared in public since a 2013 stroke. Algeria's powerful but factionalized elites had been unable to decide on a successor, and put Bouteflika forward for a fifth term. They've been in retreat since then, but none of their concessions have appeased protestors who don't just want a new president — they want to topple the entire system.

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Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

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A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes. A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."