German domestic spy chief removed from office: government

The German government said Tuesday it was relieving controversial spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen of his duties and moving him to a different post, defusing a row that had rocked Chancellor Angela Merkel's fragile coalition.

"Mr Maassen will become state secretary in the interior ministry," Merkel and the leaders of her coalition partners announced in a statement following crisis talks over Maassen's handling of recent far-right protests.