1. DIPLOMATIC RESPONSE

    Britain to Expel Iranian Diplomats

    TEHRAN, IRAN - NOVEMBER 29:  Protesters storm a security gate as they break in to the British Embassy during an anti-British demonstration in the Iranian capital on November 29, 2011 in Tehran, Iran. Relations between the two countries have soured further over recent weeks, with the UK Treasury imposing sanctions on Iranian banks, accusing them of supporting the country's nuclear programme. The Iranian authorities insist that its nuclear plans are for peaceful purposes only and parliament has voted to downgrade diplomatic relations with the UK.  (Photo by FarsNews/Getty Images)

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    British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced Wednesday that Iranian diplomats in London will be expelled, effective immediately. Hague’s announcement came just one day after Iranian students attacked the British Embassy in Tehran, and days after Britain backed harsher U.S. sanctions against Iran. Hague said relations between Britain and Iran were now at their lowest level, but Britain is not severing ties with Iran entirely. Iran, for its part, condemned the attack, describing it as “unacceptable behavior by a small number of protesters.”

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