Germany's foreign intelligence agency recorded at least one phone conversation held by US Secretary of State John Kerry, a German magazine reported.
Der Spiegel cited unnamed sources as saying Germany security agents had intercepted Kerry's words when he was in the Middle East negotiating between Israelis, Palestinians and Arab states last year.
But the intelligence agency spokeswoman told Reuters Germany was not tapping the phones of allied countries and said the United States was not a target.
Twenty-four people are being rescued by fire crews after getting stuck at the top of a rollercoaster in Maryland in the United States.
Local fire officials say the riders are being rescued slowly from the Jokers Jinx ride at the 6 Flags America theme park.
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The US State Department said it is increasing security at its embassy in Baghdad and will move some workers out of the Iraqi capital - but said a "substantial majority" of the embassy presence will remain.
"Some additional U.S. government security personnel will be added to the staff in Baghdad; other staff will be temporarily relocated - both to our Consulate Generals in Basra and Arbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman," a State Department statement spokesperson said.
Two police offers were shot in a pizza restaurant in Las Vegas during a shooting spree that left at least three dead.
According to the Associated Press news agency, police said two suspects shot two officers who were eating lunch, with one shouting: "This is a revolution."
They were then said to have fled to Walmart across the street, where they shot a person before killing themselves.
The condition of the officers is not immediately known, the police spokesman said.
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China has hit back at US claims that military officials targeted American companies and stole trade secrets, insisting that the allegations are "made up" and would "damage" relations between the two countries.
Five Chinese individuals have been indicted in the US on on cyber espionage charges, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang urged "immediate rectification".
"China is a staunch defender of network security, and the Chinese government, military and associated personnel have never engaged in online theft of trade secrets," he said in a statement.
At least one person has suspected to have been killed by the wild fires that have engulfed San Diego county, officials from the City of Carlsbad have announced.
A mix of tornado winds are fire burning out of control in southern California has given rise to phenomenon US media outlets have dubbed 'fire-nados'.
One blaze, in the city of San Marcos, has burned over 700 acres and is being made worse by high temperatures.
Firefighters are gaining ground on a number of other fires in the region. A total of nine different blazes are forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people as the air quality drops due to the smoke wafting over the area.