US President Barack Obama has sought to assure German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the US is not monitoring her communications after she raised the issue with the president.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama and Merkel spoke on the phone about fears the US National Security Agency had been spying on her.
Mr Obama assured Merkel that "the United States is not monitoring the communications of the Chancellor", Mr Carney said.
More top news
A vulnerable man who accused Leon Brittan of sexual abuse has claimed he was encouraged to make the allegations by campaigners.
Heavy downpours have triggered flash floods in Yorkshire.
The IMF's forecast for global growth has been cut to 3.1% - a fifth successive year of declining growth, the weakest performance since 2009.