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1,800 evacuated as France defuses British WWII bomb

RENNES, France: Some 1,800 people were ordered to evacuate their homes in northwest France on Sunday as a bomb squad defused a British bomb from World War II, officials said. The 220-kilogramme (485-pound) bomb was found in late June during construction work near the centre of Rouen in Normandy. Residents living within a 270-metre (nearly 900-foot) radius of the site were told to leave the area early Sunday ahead of the operation, which wound up shortly after 11:00 am (0900 GMT). Discoveries of bombs and shells from…