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By Barbara Lewis and Megan Rowling PARIS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Business leaders, environment ministers and even royalty urged companies to eschew raw materials that destroy forests, at the U.N. climate summit in Paris on Tuesday. The CEO of Marks and Spencer, Britain's high-street retail giant, said $150 billion per year of value was at stake, in terms of the resources forests provide for business, including palm oil, soy and timber. Marc Bolland took to the podium on the sidelines of the climate summit, alongside representatives of indigenous Amazon dwellers and Peru's environment minister, while on a separate stage Britain's Prince Charles and Brazilian officials also called for the protection of forests.
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Tuesday to hold a new trial for their client, citing a Supreme Court decision that a U.S. law stiffening sentences for crimes committed while in possession of a gun was overly broad. Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection on June 24 in the 2013 bomb attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260. Defense attorneys on Tuesday argued that Tsarnaev's conviction and sentence were tainted by the law, which affected half of the 30 criminal counts he faced.
A station on the Istanbul metro was Tuesday rocked by a blast suspected to have been caused by a home-made bomb, causing panic in the evening rush hour and wounding up to half a dozen people. The huge blast hit an overpass close to the metro station in the Bayrampasa district of Istanbul. The metro system in Turkey's largest city was brought entirely to a halt after the blast, the municipality said, although reports said that normal service was now being restored.