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Articles of Impeachment Called Against President Trump

Over the last few weeks, the House of Representatives has been deciding whether to impeach President Trump. This means it would charge Trump with a crime and try to stop him being the president.

Witnesses and experts talked about a phone call Trump had with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. Some people say the conversation was improper, while others disagree. Democrats have now called articles of impeachment against the president.

Democrats in the House of Representatives gave two articles of impeachment accusing Trump of wrongdoing. The first article claims that the president abused his power as president. It says he asked the Ukrainian president for help to get information on Joe Biden, who might run for president in 2020. The article suggests that Trump hoped to use the information to beat Biden in the next election.

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The second article of impeachment accuses Trump of obstruction of Congress. It says he did not cooperate with the investigation Congress had about the phone call.

So, what happens next? The House of Representatives must vote on whether to impeach the president. If it does vote to impeach, the Senate will hold a trial, where Trump will be found innocent or guilty.

Second Museum Heist in Germany

Germany has suffered from a second heist that sounds like something you might see in a Hollywood movie. It took place only a few days after the Dresden Castle robbery. This time, jewels were taken from Berlin’s Stasi Museum, which educates the public on the history of East Germany’s secret police.

This time, the items that went missing included a pair of earrings, a ring with pearls and gems, a gold watch, a gold timepiece, and eight medals (seven of them were replicas). Although the items were only worth a few thousand dollars, they were historically important. The Stasi (secret police) took the items from people who had tried to escape communist East Germany.

Were the thieves the same as those who did the first heist? Police still don’t know who committed either robbery.

New Zealand Volcano Erupts

People love to travel around the world to see natural landmarks, but sometimes nature can be unpredictable. This week, 47 tourists arrived on White Island, or Whakaari, in New Zealand to see a volcano – but the active volcano erupted. Tragically, six people have died, while over 30 were injured.

New Zealand is known for its natural beauty, but it is also situated in the “Ring of Fire,” a region of high volcano and earthquake activity. This was the first time Whakaari had erupted since 2001.

Tom Storey, a rescue pilot, described the ash that filled the air from the volcano. “It felt like running through talcum powder,” he said. “It was very hard to breathe.” New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern praised the rescuers for their bravery.

COP25: UN Climate Change Summit

Greta Thunberg

The United Nations is in the middle of COP25, a meeting on climate change. The summit is being held in Madrid, Spain, to discuss the goals that countries have made to reduce pollution.

The main star of the event has been Greta Thunberg, the famous 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden. She traveled to Spain to give a speech at the summit. As well as Greta, other young people spoke at the meeting. Penelope Lea, a 15-year-old climate campaigner from Norway, recently became a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ambassador. She also gave a speech. Governments from around the world signed a paper claiming that “The climate crisis is a child rights crisis.”

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