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.

Eni's luminescent solar concentrators can help smart windows and next-generation buildings generate electricity. But even Eni hadn't imagined using this technology to create eyeglasses capable of charging mobile phones and headsets.

Introducing Funny Applications, Eni's video series that imagines new, unexpected uses for technology. Watch the premiere episode.

We've written recently about how the COVID-19 pandemic will hit poorer countries particularly hard. But the burden of the virus' spread also falls more heavily on working class people even in wealthy countries, particularly in Europe and the United States. This is exacerbating the divide between rich and poor that had already upended the political establishment in countries around the world even before anyone had heard of a "novel coronavirus."


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Meet Mark Wetton, a Kentucky-based businessman who owns a dust-collection factory in Wuhan. He has been there since the beginning of the outbreak, and describes the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak there, life in lockdown, and what things are like today as the city finally begins to reopen its borders and come back to life. He also shares some lessons learned that he hopes Americans will heed.

The coronavirus is likely to hit poorer countries particularly hard, but it is also laying a bigger burden on working class people even in wealthy ones. As less affluent people suffer disproportionately not only from the disease, but also from the economic costs of containing it, we can expect a worsening of income inequalities that have already upended global politics over the past few years. Here is a look at inequality in some of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 so far.

500 million: The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could plunge 500 million people into poverty, according to a new report released by Oxfam. As incomes and economies continue to contract, global poverty will increase for the first time in 30 years, the report predicts, undermining many of the gains of globalization that have pulled millions out of poverty in recent years.

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