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Head of German spy agency to be replaced in July

Germany's spy chief is being replaced, Chancellor Angela Merkel's office said Wednesday, citing major upcoming "challenges" for the country's foreign intelligence agency.

Gerhard Schindler, who has led the Bundesnachrichtendienst, or BND, since 2012, will step down July 1, Merkel's chief of staff said Wednesday. Bruno Kahl, a senior official in the Finance Ministry, has been selected to replace him.

The move came as little surprise. Schindler had been caught up in a number of scandals including the revelation that his agency had for years failed to vet lists of eavesdropping targets it received from the U.S. National Security Agency. The targets have been...