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Iran's heavy water nuclear facility. Photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images

The sixth round of indirect nuclear talks between the United States and Iran ended on Sunday with progress but without a deal, according to the European Union's envoy to the negotiations.

The big picture: The Biden administration has said it would like to finalize an agreement with Iran to return to the 2015 nuclear deal before the inauguration in August of hardliner Ebrahim Raisi, who won the presidency over the weekend.

State of play: Russian envoy Mikhail Ulyanov said last week that a deal was perhaps "a couple of weeks" away. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also stressed that "playing for time is in no one's interest," Axios reported.

Go deeper: U.S. wants nuclear deal done before Iran's new president takes power

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Sep 24, 2021 - World

EU warns Russia not to allow cyberattacks ahead of German elections

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and European Union high representative for foreign affairs and security policy Josep Borrell. Photo: Russian Foreign Ministry/TASS via Getty Images

The European Union warned Russia in a statement on Friday not to allow hackers to attack databases or spread disinformation as Germany holds its parliamentary elections this weekend.

Why it matters: German security officials said there was a cyberattack at the Federal Statistical Office, the office which oversees the German election, per the Associated Press. Russian cyberattacks targeted the 2020 U.S. Presidential election last year, and tried to sow distrust in U.S. election results, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

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Soldiers seize power in Burkina Faso as global coup surge continues

Mutinous soldiers in Burkina Faso declared on state television Monday that they had deposed the government, closed the borders, and taken control of the country. President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has reportedly been arrested.

The big picture: This would be the third successful military coup in west Africa in eight months, after juntas took power last year in Guinea and in neighboring Mali.

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Pentagon: 8,500 troops on high alert for possible deployment to eastern Europe

Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to actually deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine. The Pentagon warned that Russia has shown "no signs of de-escalating," and continues to amass troops on Ukraine's borders.