每日新闻播报(December 12)

US President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a campaign rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, US, Dec 10, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

>Trump impeachment charges

US House Democrats on Tuesday moved forward by announcing two articles of impeachment, accusing US President Donald Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — the culmination of over two months of investigation by Democrat-led House committees into the president's dealings with Ukraine.

"The president holds the ultimate public trust," House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said. "When he betrays that trust and puts himself before country, he endangers the Constitution, he endangers our democracy and he endangers our national security."

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham called the articles of impeachment a "baseless and partisan attempt to undermine a sitting President."

Trump is the fourth US president in American history to face impeachment.

If impeached, he will be the third US president to face a trial in the Senate.


Cambridge University. [Photo/VCG]

>’Essay mills’ on the rise

Cheating at some leading universities has more than doubled in the past five years, new figures show, as Russell Group institutions admit they are struggling to police so-called "essay mills".

The number of students formally investigated for academic malpractice has quadrupled at Leeds University, from 127 in 2014/15 to 516 last year according to figures obtained by The Telegraph under freedom of information requests.

Meanwhile, the number at Nottingham University almost tripled from 195 to 514 over the same period, and more than doubled at Queen Mary University London, from 104 to 248.

These increases come amid a rise in the use of "essay mills", where companies offer essay-writing services for a fee. Also known as "contract cheating", it is particularly difficult to spot since the essays are written by humans rather than machines and often tailored for individual subjects.
其中,利用"论文作坊"的学生越来越多。"论文作坊"是指收费代写论文的公司,这一行为也被称为"合同作弊"。 由于论文是由人而非机器代写,且通常会按照要求"量身定做",这种作弊情况常常很难被发现。

Some universities have seen a decline in traditional plagiarism, but figures show this is now being replaced by contract cheating.


A worker fills buckets of ice water before an event to commemorate the five year anniversary of the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., July 15, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

>Ice Bucket Challenge founder dies

Pete Frates, an ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) advocate who started the Ice Bucket Challenge, died at the age of 34 on Monday.

Frates, a former Boston College baseball captain, was diagnosed with ALS in March 2012 at the age of 27.

He and his family made significant efforts to raise awareness and money to try and find a cure for the progressive disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

The Ice Bucket Challenge became a viral sensation in the summer of 2014.

During the social media phenomenon, people were challenged to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads, donate to the cause and ask friends to do the same.

The campaign spread worldwide, with professional athletes, politicians and celebrities participating and donating.

About 17 million people from around the world raised more than $200 million worldwide for the fight against ALS.


A train attendant offers a poster of the Chinese character "Fu", which means good luck, to passengers aboard the G1709 bullet train from North China's Tianjin to Southwest China's Chongqing, Feb 3, 2019, ahead of the Spring Festival. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Chunyun tickets to go on sale

About 440 million trips are expected to be made by rail during the Spring Festival travel rush this year, according to the national railway operator.

The upcoming 40-day Spring Festival travel rush, also known as chunyun, will kick off on Jan 10 and end on Feb 18.

It will see 32.57 million more trips compared to last year.

Train tickets for the first day of chunyun will go on sale Thursday.

Tickets can be purchased online or by phone 30 days in advance of travel or at railway stations, ticket agencies and self-ticketing machines 28 days ahead of time, according to the company.

To enhance railway capacity, more than 100 additional high-speed train services will be scheduled to operate each night, the company said.


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