Exclusive: U.S. has urged legal reforms abroad to block Islamic State recruits

WASHINGTON The U.S. Justice Department has provided specific suggestions to governments in Europe and elsewhere on how to strengthen counterterrorism laws in order to arrest would-be foreign fighters before they join groups like Islamic State, according to a policy paper reviewed by Reuters.

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Mud from Brazil dam burst is toxic, U.N. says

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Obama says U.S. is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travel

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Chicago cop's defense in murder case depends on his fears, extent of threat

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Some entrances, exits to New York bus terminal briefly closed due to 'police activities'

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Germany's Merkel vows more support for France after attacks

PARIS Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she would think about how Germany could further support France in fighting terrorism following the Nov. 13 attacks by Islamist militants in Paris that killed 130 people.

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