The government should ban bangers and rockets, the Dutch Safety Board said in a report on New Year's fireworks that will be published later today, RTL Nieuws reports. According to the board, the risks involved in New Year's celebrations are unacceptably high.
A pro-Russian separatist leader in Ukraine reportedly claimed responsibility for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight over the East of the country. Igor Girkin, also known as Strelkov, posted a his claim on a Russian social media site, thinking that he had downed a Ukrainian military transport plane.
Two Dutch companies delivered products to Syria last year for the country's chemical weapons program. The delivery included 218 tons of glycol and six teflon pumps, according to ministers Lilianne Ploumen for Foreign Trade and Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice on Thursday in a letter to the House of Representatives.