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The President of the World Bank resigns; A Saudi woman gets temporary asylum in Thailand.

Tonight's sentences were written by Nicole Fallert.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim resigns

Jim Yong Kim

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  • Jim Yong Kim, the head of the World Bank, resigns and, until now, he has not explained why he was leaving this position to hold a position in an investment firm almost three years before the planned end of his term.[[[[Associated press]
  • The World Bank focuses on lending for infrastructure and poverty reduction in developing countries. The United States is its largest shareholder and generally chooses the bank's leader. But it is not clear if this tradition will hold up with Trump.[[[[Wall Street Journal / Josh Zumbrun]
  • As president of the World Bank, Kim, former president of Dartmouth, had broken with tradition by courting private investors and Wall Street.[[[[NYT / Landon Thomas Jr.]
  • Kim had been the subject of controversy among World Bank staff members: morale was down after a major reorganization and layoffs at the bank.[[[[Vox / Dylan Matthews]
  • Other countries had already challenged the US tradition of de facto choosing the next leader. With the Trump administration in charge of selecting a candidate, it is unclear whether this tradition will continue.[[[[Washington Post / Jeanne Whalen and David Lynch]

The asylum situation ends in Thailand

  • A young Saudi woman who has applied for asylum in Thailand will be allowed to remain, for the time being, under the protection of the United Nations Refugee Agency.[[[[Associated Press / Kaweewit Kaewjinda and Aya Batrawy]
  • Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, feared that her family would kill her for renouncing Islam if she returned to Saudi Arabia. She escaped to Thailand and stayed in a hotel room for 48 hours while the authorities planned to deport her.[[[[Washington Post / Shibani Mahtani and Kareem Fahim]
  • Al-Qunun says that she finally wants to seek asylum in Australia. Questions remain as to whether she had travel documents and what Saudi Arabia told Thai officials about her case.[[[[Associated Press / Kaweewit Kaewjinda and Aya Batrawy]
  • The UN refugee agency will determine within 10 days whether Al-Qunun should return home to her family. "We will not send anyone to die," said the head of the Thai immigration police.[[[[BBC News]


  • A theory of what happened to American diplomats under "sonic attack" in Cuba: the disorder of conversion, formerly known as "mass hysteria". [[[[Vanity Fair / Jack Hitt]
  • How the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital leaves some patients with thousands of dollars in emergency bills – even if they have insurance.[[[[Vox / Sarah Kliff]
  • There is a gender gap in recreation: television helps American men spend more hours of leisure than women.[[[[The Atlantic / Joe Pinsker]
  • The fish see you too. Archerfish can visualize human faces, despite their really small brain. The ability to detect the angles of the human face in 3D also helps small swimmers to visualize their distance from dangerous objects.[[[[Scientific American / Megan Gannon]


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