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Japan’s nuclear regulator on Wednesday said it would start ordering shutdowns on any reactors for which power companies have not met deadlines for installing anti-terrorism safety features.

The deadlines start next year and are different for each reactor. The earliest deadline falls in March 2020 for Kyushu Electric’s Sendai reactor in southwestern Japan.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has declined requests for extensions to the deadlines from Kansai Electric Power Co, Kyushu Electric and Shikoku Electric, a spokesman for the regulator told Reuters.

Read more: Reuters

A man was taken into custody in New York Wednesday night after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two canisters of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and two butane lighters, authorities said.

The 37-year-old man, whose identity will be released once he is formally charged, was stopped by a cathedral security officer, New York City Police said. As the man was turned around, he spilled some gasoline on the floor and walked south onto Fifth Avenue and over to 50th street.

Cathedral security notified two Critical Response Command (CRC) officers-- part of a "striker team"-- outside the cathedral.

Read more: Fox News

Thousands of visitors flock to National Harbor each day, transforming the development into one of the most bustling areas across Greater Washington — but all of that foot traffic has also allegedly attracted the worst kind of attention.

Federal prosecutors revealed earlier this week that they’d arrested a Maryland man who they believe was planning to plow a rented van into crowds at National Harbor. Officials said the man was inspired by similar terror attacks across the country, and chose the Prince George’s County development after initially spending time scouting Washington Dulles International Airport.

The incident has proven to be a chilling reminder for executives with Peterson, National Harbor’s master developer, of the value of preparing for every possible scenario.

Read more: Washington Business Journal

A bombing damaged a section of Colombia’s Trasandino pipeline, state-run company Ecopetrol said on Saturday, and the company was investigating a crude spillage from the Cano Limon pipeline to determine if it was also caused by an attack.

The attack on the Trasandino took place late on Friday in Barbacoas municipality in southwestern Narino province, Ecopetrol said in a statement.

The company was assessing the extent of the damage, it said. Photos posted by Ecopetrol on Twitter showed oil-slicked grass and a puddle of crude next to the damaged pipeline.

Read more: Reuters

Counter terror police are investigating after three improvised explosive devices were sent to transport hubs around London.

The three packages, which police said were capable of igniting a small fire when opened, were sent to buildings at Heathrow Airport, City Airport and Waterloo Station.

The devices were contained in jiffy bags contained inside A4 size envelopes.

The Met Police said it was treating the incidents as linked but was keeping an open mind regarding motives.

In a statement a Met spokesman said: "At approximately 09:55hrs the Met Police received a report of a suspicious package at The Compass Centre, Nelson Road, Hounslow.

Read more: The Telegraph (UK)