International News International News Supplied by AP en-us (c) 2017 EarthLink Networks Inc. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:33:35 EST Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:27:13 EST 5 South African court rules ICC withdrawal unconstitutional JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court ruled Wednesday that the government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court without parliament's approval was unconstitutional. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:33:35 EST 20170222/02fd6533-8809-4cde-8214-b27b6b1c29ce By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops MOSCOW (AP) — Along with a steady flow of new missiles, planes and tanks, Russia's defense minister said Wednesday his nation also has built up its muscle by forming a new branch of the military — information warfare troops. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:22:51 EST 20170222/fe9d0393-ce61-4554-a0f6-e6f39a18177d By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press End of the euro? French candidate plots return of the franc PARIS (AP) — If Marine Le Pen has her way, the French will soon pay for their baguettes with francs, not euros. The presidential candidate from the anti-EU, anti-immigration National Front party is all about national sovereignty and independence. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:10:01 EST 20170222/68b409ed-664e-4650-b926-b7db4e5810d9 By DAVID McHUGH and JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Gazans excited over territory's new indoor mall GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In a welcome sign of normalcy, a new Western-style indoor shopping mall — complete with an international retail chain, three-story bookstore and bustling food court — has opened in the Gaza Strip. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:07:43 EST 20170222/a83e4743-b7cc-4aad-a629-4a36d4461d3e By FARES AKRAM Associated Press Brazil prison slaughter exposes gang war, banality of evil MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — On New Year's Eve, some 1,200 inmates enjoyed funk music and danced with family members inside the walls of Complexo Penitenciario Anisio Jobim, the largest prison complex in Brazil's northern state of Amazonas Shortly after midnight, fireworks, paid for by gangs that dominate the prison system, lit up the sky in Manaus, an increasingly violent and gritty city of 2 million people that is the jumping off point to the Amazon jungle and central to Brazil's growing drug trade. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:51:31 EST 20170222/0eeaa918-3a46-4288-a0cf-f55b619f9b28 By MAURICIO SAVARESE Associated Press