FILES - Picture taken on June 26, 2009 at the White House in Washington shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama speaking to the press. AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM
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In a rare interview on German TV, Obama set out to mend ties frayed last year by media reports citing leaked intelligence documents that Washington was spying on European Union citizens and had bugged Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.The interview came a day after Obama banned U.S. eavesdropping on the leaders of close allies, among a series of reforms triggered by the revelations of former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden.Obama stopped short of apologising over the allegations on Saturday and defended the importance of U.S. intelligence work for international security.The capabilities of the U.S. services went "beyond the abilities of many other states," he said, and that meant a "special responsibility for the United States".
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