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Ex-president jailed for rape

Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav has been jailed for seven years at a court in Tel Aviv for rape and other sexual offences.

He was convicted in December of raping a former employee and sexually harassing two other women who used to work for him. He maintains he is innocent.

Katsav, who has 45 days to appeal, was convicted on charges that were based on accusations brought by former employees who worked for him during his terms as president and tourism minister.

The 65-year-old Katsav stepped down as president, a mainly ceremonial position, in January 2007 after Attorney General Menachem Mazuz said there was evidence for an indictment.



Reality star free to travel

A lawyer for Jersey Shore cast member Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has told a judge his client will apply to a pretrial intervention program in an assault case.

The application frees Ortiz-Magro to travel to Italy for filming of the show's next season.

The 25-year-old reality TV show star from New York City was charged after a September 2009 fight in which he knocked another man unconscious. The fight was shown during the MTV show's first season.



At least 16 dead in Congo crash

At least 16 people were killed when a cargo plane crashed into a densely populated Republic of Congo neighbourhood.

The Antonov 32 crashed in the Mvoumvou area of Pointe-Noire, the country's economic capital, burying several houses in debris.

Marc Ibata Ngassaki said he saw rescuers remove at least 16 bodies from inside, including three crew members.

It was not immediately known how many more casualties there were.