Hard Numbers: Narendra Modi's BJP takes an electoral hit

30: Boko Haram militants killed at least 30 people in an attack along a major highway in Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria. About 35,000 people have been killed and more than two million displaced since Islamist violence began plaguing Nigeria in 2009.

100: More than 100 US troops have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries stemming from Iran's missile strike on a US military base in Iraq last month. The estimate is up more than 50 percent from earlier Pentagon numbers, undermining initial reports that there were no casualties.

8: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP took a thumping in regional elections Tuesday, winning just eight seats in New Delhi's legislature. Modi's BJP came up short against the incumbent Aam Aadmi Party, which ran on a platform of fixing state-run schools and providing free healthcare. The polls were seen as a referendum on Modi's divisive policies, including the controversial citizenship law that excludes Muslims.

100 million: Egypt's booming population has reached 100 million, making the North African country the most populous Arab nation. The Egyptian government has tried to implement policies to curb population growth in an increasingly resource-strapped country where around a third of the population lives in poverty.

Kevin Sneader, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company, answers the question: Are CEOs getting real about climate change?

The answer, yes. Why? One, it's personal. Many have watched with horror the wildfires that took place recently. Others have even been evacuated. And for some, the snow set in Davos, they experienced incredibly mild temperatures that laid all to quip that climate change really has arrived. But the other reasons are a growing understanding of the nature of climate change.


Welcome to the eleventh parliamentary elections in Iran's 40-year history.

Want to run for a seat? You can…if you're an Iranian citizen between the ages of 30 and 75, hold a master's degree or its equivalent, have finished your military service (if you're a man), and have demonstrated a commitment to Islam. Check all these boxes, and you can ask permission to run for office.

Permission comes from the 12-member Guardian Council, a body composed of six clerics appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and six jurists that Khamenei appoints indirectly. If the Council says yes, you can win a seat in parliament. If they say no, you can't.

This parliament, also called the Majlis, does have real power. It approves the national budget, drafts legislation and sends it to the Guardian Council for approval, ratifies treaties, approves ministers and can question the president. The current Majlis represents a wide range of values and opinions.


As the head of a leading management consulting firm, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company Kevin Sneader has an inside view into the challenges facing the world's top executives. Every Thursday, Sneader will address questions about key issues like attracting and retaining talent, growing revenue, navigating change, staying ahead of the competition, and corporate responsibility – all in 60 seconds.

GZERO's Alex Kliment interviews New Yorker correspondent and author Joshua Yaffa. The two discuss Yaffa's new book, Between Two Fires, about what life is like for Russians today. They also sample some vodka at a famous Russian restaurant in NYC, of course!