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At least 27 people have died after a passenger plane crashed into houses in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials say. The victims included nine people from the same family who were in one of the houses hit in the Mapendo area.

The small aircraft went down shortly after taking off from the city's airport on Sunday morning. The cause of the crash is still unclear.

The plane was carrying 17 passengers and two crew members, officials say. Air accidents are relatively frequent in DR Congo amid lax safety standards and poor maintenance, and all the country's commercial carriers are banned from operating in the European Union.

What is known about the air disaster?

The Dornier-228 twin-turboprop aircraft - owned by private carrier Busy Bee - crashed about a minute after take-off, a source at Goma airport told the BBC. The plane had been scheduled to fly to Beni, 350km (220 miles) north of Goma.

A witness, Djemo Medar, said he saw the plane "spinning three times in the air and emitting a lot of smoke".

"When the plane crashed many of us rushed there, we know the pilot, his name is Didier; he was shouting 'Help me, help me', but we had no way to get to him because the fire was so powerful," he told Reuters news agency.

A witness, Djemo Medar, said he saw the plane "spinning three times in the air and emitting a lot of smoke". "When the plane crashed many of us rushed there, we know the pilot, his name is Didier; he was shouting 'Help me, help me', but we had no way to get to him because the fire was so powerful," he told Reuters news agency.

North Kivu regional governor Nzanzu Kasivita offered his condolences to the families of survivors.

HARGEISA, Tussday (Horn24)-Somaliland administration on Tuesday arrested 9 UAE nationals who were accused for illegally hunting in the country,  Somaliland government has confirmed. The emirati nationals were arrested as they were trying to board a plane back home.

The singer said he wants to help people with his money: 'now I may not make a million dollars out of that transaction, but I may get a few good credits to go to paradise. I am cool with that'


The UAE saw a different side of Akon this week.

The US-Senegalese singer and rapper, real name Aliaune Thiam, skipped the club stage in favour of a forum to deliver an inspirational keynote address at the Sharjah Entrepreneurial Festival on Monday.
More than 2,000 people were at the Sharjah Expo Centre to see the Lonely singer trace his journey from car thief to pop star and social entrepreneur.

Despite the millions of albums sold and the Grammy Awards on his shelf, Akon says that his life away from the music industry provides him with the most satisfaction.

Whether it is through the Akon Lighting Africa Project, a business providing solar-powered energy across the continent, or to do with the future launch of his own cryptocurrency, Akoin, the 46-year-old singer says many of his business moves are shaped by his Islamic faith.

“Always perfect your craft," he told the crowd, going on to add, however, that "sometimes things happen when you don’t want them to happen, and when God wants it to happen. And I think that’s a side that entrepreneurs dismiss – the spiritual side of your goal, or the spiritual side of your success.”

Akon credits spirituality with making him reassess what he wanted to achieve in his professional life, even when he was a rising star in the music industry.

“It makes you ask the question: what is success? Is it fame or fortune? Does that measure what success means to you? Or is it faith?” he questioned. “For me, real success is faith. If God is not smiling upon me I am not successful. I don’t care even if I have a billion dollars in the bank. And what good am I if have a billion dollars sitting in the bank in the first place?”

It was this mindset, he explained, that caused him to launch the Akon Lighting Africa Project, which presently operates in 14 countries, including his native Senegal, and employs more than 5,000 people.

While immensely proud of the company’s growth, Akon said his motivations are ultimately linked to reaching the light that’s beyond. “I don’t believe in having that much money sitting away without applying it to changing somebody’s life. Now I may not make a million dollars out of that transaction, but I may get a few good credits to go to paradise. I am cool with that.”

He went on to say that putting impact first can also lead to success. “If you are looking for financial gain then it’s very easy to structure because it is simply about profit and loss. I do it in a way that whatever I get myself into, I want it to have an impact. I want to get into a business to help. The most successful businesses in the world are those that solve problems or offer solutions to issues in life that we are facing.”

In 2015, Akon spoke to The National about Islam, and he told us about the relationship between his religion and his faith, “I was born a Muslim and, depending on what part of Senegal you came from, music was considered haram [unlawful] and there has always been a debate about Islam and music.

"I never looked at the performing aspect of the music itself but on the intention. Even if you look at the daily prayers in Islam we pray in melody, when we hear the call to prayer in any part of the world it is also done with melody, so no one can tell me that music is haram. Now this is my personal point of view and I am not speaking for anyone else.

“Now I am not in a position to judge any man and I don’t expect them to judge me as well, but no matter what decision you decide to make just do right by it. Because, at the end of the day, Allah is watching and he knows what is in your heart.”

Somalia on Wednesday announced the resumption of its banana export for the first time in decades, Agriculture Minister announced. The first shipment of the banana export which consists of two containers will be shipped to Saudi Arabia.

As Osibisa’s “Welcome Home” played in the background, 126 African-Americans and Afro-Caribbeans, dressed in colorful traditional costumes, became Ghana’s newest citizens.

KDF soldiers were deployed to war-torn Somalia in 2011 following several Shabaab attacks on Kenya. Kenya Defence Forces soldiers will remain part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) until peace and stability are restored in the Horn of African country, President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been picked to take over as next chairman of regional bloc, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad).

The King of the Somali Degodia community in the world His Highness Wabar Abdille Wabar Abdi arrived at the JKIA in Nairobi on Friday from Bole International Airport Addis Ababa and received a grand reception by his Kenyan subjects who had gathered at the airport singing and raising kenyan flags awaiting for this historic moment.

The 2019 British Fashion Awards is one of the glitziest nights of the year, (often referred to as the 'Oscars' of British fashion), where the top players in the industry are recognised for their incredible talent.

A 13-year-old boy and a girl of similar age became man and wife at a wedding in the Somaliland town of Burco on Friday.
The newly wedded couple shared photos of their wedding generating a buzz on social media.

The photos depicting  a young teenage couple on their wedding day made rounds on social media since Saturday.

A Burco resident confirmed to Horn24News that the couple are both 13 yrs old and that wedding on the outskirts of the town was “was well”.

Breakaway region of Somaliland laws recognizes an adult as someone above 15yrs and this wedding in Burco would therefore raise legal issues/
Early marriages is prevalence in Somalia with a recent research by Save The Children indicating that it stands at 14%

Burco has in the past been known for it’s  out of norm weddings. Recently a man paraded his three wives at a wedding to a new spouse. His other wives had reportedly organised the wedding event. Burco also witnessed the shortest couple in the world wedding and is not new to interracial weddings between Somali and Turks.

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