1. CPI up 2.1% last year
China's consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 1.9% year-on-year in December, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Thursday.
China's CPI rose 2.1% year-on-year in 2018, up from 1.6% for 2017.
gauge n. 标准，指标
2. Lunar New Year travel
Over 400 million Chinese will travel during the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, and among them nearly 7 million will travel abroad, according to a report released on Wednesday by Ctrip, a Shanghai-based online travel agency.
Thailand, Japan, Indonesia and Singaporeare among the most popular destinations, while Nordic countries, the United Arab Emirates and Spain have seen the fastest growth of Chinese visitors.
destination n. 目的地
3. Bezos announces divorce
Amazon.com Inc founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing after 25 years of marriage, the couple said on Twitter on Wednesday.
Jeff, 54, has a fortune that has soared as high as $160 billion thanks to his stake in Amazon, which again became Wall Street's most valuable company this week, surpassing Microsoft Corp.
Because the pair were married before Amazon was founded, it's likely that MacKenzie holds a large claim to that fortune, though details hinge on where the couple files for divorce and if they had a prenuptial agreement.
soar v. 猛增，飙升
4. Half of jobs at risk
Half of current jobs will be taken over by AI within 15 years, China's leading AI expert has warned.
Kai-Fu Lee, the author of the bestselling book "AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order", told Dailymail.com the world of employment was facing a crisis "akin to that faced by farmers during the industrial revolution".
Psychiatrists, social workers and marriage counselors are unlikely to lose their jobs, along with nurses, AI researchers and scientists, he believes.
take over 取代，接替
5. Markle given royal job
The queen has handed Meghan Markle her first official royal role, and it couldn't be more perfect for the Duchess of Sussex.
Royal sources claim Meghan has been asked to take over as patron of the National Theatre, and believe it's a "natural fit" thanks to her acting experience.
The duchess studied theater at university before landing a series of acting roles. Her big break came with the legal drama "Suits", which she starred in for seven years before she married Prince Harry.
patron n. 赞助人