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Movers clear out Iranian embassy in London

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A removals van is parked outside a residential annex of the Iranian embassy in Knightsbridge, central London. on Dec. 2, 2011. Iran's diplomats in Britain prepared to leave the country as a deadline loomed for their expulsion following the storming of the British embassy in Tehran by protesters.

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Removal men carry boxes from a residential anex of the Iranian embassy in London on Dec. 2, 2011. Britain has expelled Iranian diplomats and shut its mission in Tehran after an attack by protesters.

The Associated Press reports from LONDON:

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Boxes are loaded into a van outside a residential anex of the Iranian embassy on Dec. 2, 2011 in London.

Iranian diplomats have chartered a plane and are expected to leave Britain on Friday, expelled by the U.K. government in retaliation for attacks on the British Embassy in Tehran.

The roughly two dozen Iranian diplomats and their dependents were due to fly out of Heathrow Airport around 4 p.m. (11 a.m. EST).

The Iranian flag was still flying at Tehran's embassy in London early Friday, as movers were seen carrying packages from what is believed to be the residence of the diplomats a few doors down from the embassy.

On Tuesday, Iranian protesters stormed and ransacked the U.K. embassy compounds in Tehran.

In retaliation, Britain ordered Iranian diplomats off its soil, pulled its diplomats out of Iran and backed new sanctions on the Islamic republic.  Read the full story.

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Anti Iranian government protesters demonstrate outside the Iranian embassy in London on Dec. 2, 2011.

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