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Obama: US and Germany are 'not perfectly aligned yet' on privacy, NSA spying agreement

President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel participate in a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 2, 2014. Obama and Merkel are putting on a display of trans-Atlantic unity against an assertive Russia, even as sanctions imposed by Western allies seem to be doing little to change Russian President Vladimir Putin's reasoning on Ukraine. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel participate in a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 2, 2014. Obama and Merkel are putting on a display of trans-Atlantic unity against an assertive Russia, even as sanctions imposed by Western allies seem to be doing little to change Russian President Vladimir Putin's reasoning on Ukraine. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel say their countries are still working on an agreement on privacy and U.S. spying.

That's due to revelations from former NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Snowden's documents showed the NSA targeted Merkel's own cellphone and caused an uproar in Germany.

Efforts to reach a no-spying agreement with the U.S. have faltered. Obama says the two governments are, quote, "not perfectly aligned yet" on resolving differences on how the NSA should operate on German soil. And Merkel says differences remain.

The leaders spoke at a news conference at the White House. Obama says: "There are still some gaps that need to be worked through."

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