Germany's foreign intelligence agency recorded at least one phone conversation held by US Secretary of State John Kerry, a German magazine said yesterday, potentially embarrassing Berlin, which has itself reprimanded Washington for its surveillance.

Der Spiegel cited sources as saying agents at Germany's BND had intercepted Kerry's words when he was negotiating between Israelis, Palestinians and Arab states last year. US State Department spokeswoman Laura Seal said: "We decline to comment."

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