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US: Relationship with Germany 'very important'

The US said its relationship with Germany was "very important" after Chancellor Angela Merkel's government asked the top US intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country.

State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki would not confirm whether the United States continues to spy on its European ally, but said the country's "security and intelligence relationship with Germany is a very important one".

Germany's relationship with the US is under strain over spying allegations. Credit: Reuters

Psaki said: "We have many areas we work together on. We have areas certainly where we may disagree, but the sign of a strong relationship is being able to work through those disagreements or challenges."

Chancellor Merkel had reacted angrily after German officials unearthed two suspected US spies.

US intelligence official 'asked to leave Germany'

Germany has asked a US intelligence official at the embassy in Berlin to leave the country in connection with investigations into American spies, a German government spokesman said.

"The request was made in light of the ongoing investigation by the chief federal prosecutor and questions that have been raised for months about the activities of US intelligence services in Germany," Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said "spying on allies is a waste of energy".

"Spying on allies is a waste of energy," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said when asked about the two suspected spy cases.

"We have so many problems, we should focus on the important things," Merkel said, adding that priorities should include "dealing with challenges in Syria and fighting terrorists".

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Argentina coach says Germany have the advantage

Argentina's coach Alejandro Sabella believes Germany will have the advantage in the World Cup final.

Speaking after his team knocked the Netherlands out of the tournament 4-2 on penalties, Sabella said the fact Germany has a extra day's rest while his players faced extra time and a gruelling penalty shootout could be "crucial".

Argentina's coach Alejandro Sabella celebrates as his team goes through to the World Cup final.
Argentina's coach Alejandro Sabella celebrates as his team goes through to the World Cup final. Credit: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

"Some of our players are sore, beaten, tired - the results of a war so to speak," he told reporters.

The match is extremely difficult ... Germany is always a difficult hurdle to overcome", Sabella added.

Pictures: The moment Argentina knocked Netherlands out of the World Cup

Germany's Podolski shares snaps after semi-final win

German footballer Lukas Podolski shared photographs of his team-mates on Twitter after they knocked Brazil out of the World Cup 7-1 and made it through to the final.

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In the plane and back on the way to our camp. We're proud and our way is not over yet. #GERBRA #final #poldi #team http://t.co/sbsBZfI7ns

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Watch: Highlights of the Brazil vs Germany game here

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Miroslav Klose equals World Cup scoring record

Miroslav Klose became the joint record goalscorer in World Cup history as he helped Germany rescue a 2-2 draw in a thrilling game with Ghana in Group G.

Miroslav Klose celebrates his record-equalling goal. Credit: PA

Mario Gotze put Germany in front early in the second half, before two goals in nine minutes from Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan turned the game in Ghana's favour.

But Klose's 15th goal in World Cup finals earned the Germans a point in Fortaleza.

The 36-year-old is now level with Brazil's Ronaldo in the scoring charts.

For more reaction to Germany's 2-2 draw with Ghana, visit the ITV World Cup site

Injured potholer brought of caves alive after 12 days

An injured potholer has been brought out alive from Germany's deepest cave system after twelve days below ground under the Alps.

He was caught in a rock fall and his head injuries meant he could not stand up, let alone climb out by himself. Some seven hundred rescuers were involved in bringing him slowly to the surface.

ITV News reporter Richard Pallot has the details:

Man airlifted from German caves after daring rescue

A man who spent over 12 days underground after becoming injured while exploring caves in Germany, has now been airlifted safely to hospital.

Cave researcher Johann Westhauser was rescued by a team of people using sophisticated pulleys and harnesses for over a mile, until he was brought to the surface this morning:

More: Man trapped in Germany's deepest cave for 12 days rescued

Caver reaches surface after 12 days injured underground

A cave researcher who has been trapped underground since the 8th June, has finally been brought to the surface.

Suffering head injuries in an accident deep underground in Germany, Johann Westhauser was slowly brought up the cave system to emerge this morning.

"He left the cave at 9:44 am," said a rescue service spokesman, adding that medics were looking after him.

More: Rescue bid for man trapped in Germany's deepest cave

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