Students protest in Madrid, Spain during the wave of global demonstrations against climate change on March 15. Photo: Oscar Del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images
Thousands of youth students and protestors joined global protests on Friday in a massive demonstration against climate change, sparked by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Our thought bubble, per Axios' Andrew Freedman: The protests on Friday are the largest and most widespread demonstrations on this issue since the run-up to the Paris Climate Summit in 2014 and 2015, and illustrate that young people feel a sense of urgency on this issue that those in power have lacked.
Uber and Lyft are ratcheting up the fight with California’s state government over the classification of drivers with a move that would deprive Californians of their ride-hailing services (and halt driver income).
Driving the news: On Wednesday, bothcompanies said that if a court doesn’t overturn or further pause a new ruling forcing them to reclassify California drivers as employees, they’ll suspend their services in the state until November’s election, when voters could potentially exempt them by passing a ballot measure.
President Trump announced a "historic" deal Thursday which will see Israel and the UAE open full diplomatic relations and Israel suspend its annexation plans in the West Bank.
Why it matters: This is a major breakthrough for Israel, which lacks diplomatic recognition in many Middle Eastern countries but has been steadily improving relations in the Gulf, largely due to mutual antipathy toward Iran.