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NORTH KOREA

Talks with U.S. yield progress, no deal on nuclear program

GENEVA — An intensive round of talks between the United States and North Korea on Pyongyang’s nuclear program ended Tuesday without a deal to resume formal negotiations.

But top diplomats from both sides reported progress on the steps that will be needed to finally get there.

The U.S. special envoy to North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, told reporters just after the two-day talks wrapped up that there had been progress without agreeing to a formal resumption of negotiations, either bilaterally on in the so-called six-party format that also includes China, Japan, Russia and South Korea.

Nevertheless, he called it a useful meeting whose tone was “positive and generally constructive.”

THAILAND

Floodwaters close in, raising fears in Bangkok

BANGKOK — Advancing floodwaters in Thailand breached barriers protecting Bangkok’s second airport Tuesday, halting commercial flights at a complex that also houses the country’s flood relief headquarters and thousands of displaced people.

The flooding at Don Muang airport, less than 10 miles northwest of the center of Bangkok, is one of the biggest blows yet to government efforts to prevent the sprawling capital from being swamped.

Its effective closure is certain to further erode public confidence in the ability of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s administration to defend the increasingly anxious metropolis of 9 million people.

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, the country’s main international gateway southeast of the capital, has yet to be affected by flooding and flights there were operating normally. Most of the city has been spared inundation so far.

From wire dispatches and staff reports