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German-US talks on 'no-spying' accord ongoing

Published on Jan 15, 2014 1:31 AM

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany and the United States said on Tuesday that their negotiations on forging a "no-spying" agreement in the wake of the NSA espionage scandal were still ongoing.

The comments came hard on the heels of German media reports that the discussions on a pact with Washington to formally block US snooping within its borders were set to fail.

"The discussions are continuing," Germany's DPA news agency reported Chancellor Angela Merkel as having told her conservative parliamentary group, citing meeting participants.

Differences of opinion, however, needed clearing up, she was reported to have said.

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