Hard Numbers

30,000: More than 30,000 Syrians have fled their homes in the northwestern province of Idlib since a government military offensive began there last week, according to the UN. A UN official said fighting in Idlib could provoke the worst humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century.


34: Traffic delays cost Los Angeles and New York around $19 billion and $34 billion, respectively, in 2017. The two US cities were among top 5 most congested in the world last year, joined by Moscow, Sao Paulo, and San Francisco, according to a new report from INRIX.

20: Around 20 percent of arrests in China in 2017 took place in the western province of Xinjiang – where the country’s large Muslim Uighur population is concentrated – despite the province only accounting for about 1.5 percent of China's population. That doesn’t include an estimated 700,000 to 1 million Uighurs who’ve been detained in government “re-education” camps.

5: Support for far-right Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro has jumped by 5 points to 26 percent since he was stabbed during a campaign rally last week. Bolsonaro, who lost 40 percent of his blood as a result of the attack, is in stable condition after undergoing medical treatment.

0: In contrast to previous years, North Korea displayed no inter-continental ballistic missiles in the massive military parade to celebrate the anniversary of the country’s founding, which took place over the weekend. Instead of flexing its military might, the Kim regime touted progress in economic development and improving living standards.

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.

More

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.

More

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!