歐元財政官評估希臘新方案

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  7月16日BBC聽力:歐元區財務官員評估希臘新計劃

  

  Hello, I'm Fiona MacDonald with the BBC News.

  Eurozone treasury officials have begun assessing the latest Greek proposals for a way out ofthe debt crisis. The package that Athens submitted on Thursday to its international creditorsincludes the kind of austerity measures that Greek voters rejected in a referendum lastSunday. Chris Morris reports from Brussels.

  “The proposals include tax rises, pension reforms, spending cuts and promises of privatisation.Measures rejected in last Sunday's referendum will now be conceded. But this is nocapitulation by the Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras. In return, he is asking for far more than wasoffered last month. Greece wants a new three-year bailout from the Eurozone. It wants moresupport to promote economic growth, and it wants its huge debt burden to be restructured.In that, it now has support from the IMF, the U.S. Treasury and the President of the EuropeanCouncil, Donald Tusk.”

  International negotiators striving for a deal on Iran's nuclear programme have missed anotherdeadline, but they say they are committed to working on. Lyse Doucet is in Vienna, where thetalks are being held.

  “Western diplomats made it clear the onus is on Iran to make some tough political decisions.But a senior Iranian official complained that other countries were changing their positions atthis late stage, and that each of them had different red lines. The six world powers in thisprocess are known to be divided on some key issues, but that's not the only hurdle. It's clearmore time is needed to resolve some significant differences, relating to restrictions on Iran'snuclear programme and the lifting of sanctions.”

  The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, has called for the sacking oftop officials of the Office of Personnel Management, following new revelations about a massivebreach of its computer systems. It's now emerged that hackers stole information of more thantwenty million people. Here's Tom Batement.

  “It's now thought the cyber attack began as early as last May with hackers accessing the U.S.government's Human Resources Service and stealing, what the Director of the FBI has called, atreasure trove of security vetting information. The breach targeted anyone who'd applied for ajob at a federal agency in the last fifteen years, taking social security numbers, financialhistories, even, in some cases, people's finger prints. China has denied involvement in thebreach, but that is likely to do little to comfort Homeland Security officials deeply suspiciousof the country's activities in cyber space.”

  Indonesia's closed five airports, including the one at Bali, due to the eruption of Mount Raung,a volcano in East Java. The Transport Ministry says the move is for safety reasons, and it's notyet known when the airports will reopen. A number of flights between Australia and Bali havebeen canceled in recent days because of the danger from volcanic ash.

  World news from the BBC.

  One of the leaders of the failed coup in May against the Burundian President, Pierre Nkurunziza,has told the BBC that his rebel group is recruiting police and soldiers for a fresh attempt tooust him. Speaking in exile, General Leonard Ngendakumana, denied that any other countrywas helping them. He accused President Nkurunziza of stoking ethnic tensions between themajority Hutus and the minority Tutsis.

  Pope Francis has apologised for the actions of the Catholic Church against indigenous peoplesduring the conquest and colonisation of the Americas. In the speech in the Bolivian city of SantaCruz, Francis said he humbly begged for forgiveness for the crimes that were committed.

  The Governor of South Carolina signed into law the bill to remove the Confederate Flag fromthe State Capitol grounds. The Flag, used by the slave-owning states during the Civil War, hadalways been controversial. Nick Bryant reports from Columbia, South Carolina's capital.

  “The Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, added her signature to the bill, bringing down theConfederate Flag, using nine pens, one for each of the victims of the Charleston shootings. It'stheir deaths allegedly at the hands of a self-confessed white supremacies, Dylann Roof, whowas pictured brandishing the colours. This completely transformed this long-running debate.The Flag will come down in, what the Governor said will be, a dignified ceremony, and then betaken to a museum housing Confederate relics.”

  A French pilot will attend to make aviation history today by crossing the English Channel in anelectric aircraft. The plane, developed by the Air Bus Group, uses engines paired by lithiumBatteries, which allow it to stay airborne for up to fifty minutes. Its pilot and designer, DidierEsteyne, hopes to make the crossing from England to France in around forty minutes. Mr.Esteyne says he wants to honour the legacy of Louis Bleriot, who made the first cross-channel flight in 1909.

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