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Iran bans foreign media from anti-British rallies

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has banned foreign media from covering any rallies in front of British diplomatic missions in the capital.

Iran's foreign media office issued the ban Thursday, two days after Iranian pro-government protesters stormed and ransacked the British Embassy compound in Tehran.

Iran previously has banned foreign media from covering opposition protests, but this is the first time Tehran has barred foreign media from covering pro-government rallies.

The embassy incident has deepened Iran's isolation and significantly escalated tensions with the West.

Britain has pulled its diplomats out of Iran, shuttered the embassy and ordered all Iranian diplomats out of the U.K. Germany, France and the Netherlands have recalled their ambassadors in solidarity.

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