US and Cuban diplomats hold second meeting in Washington

The State Department on Monday said that a senior US diplomat will meet for the second time this month with the top Cuban government representative in Washington. State Department spokesman Robert A. Wood said Monday's meeting is intended to air US concerns about Cuban government restrictions on civil liberties and to talk about President Barack Obama's decision to end US limits on Cuban-Americans' travel to Cuba. Representing the US will be Thomas Shannon, Jr., assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He will meet with Jorge Bolanos, the head of the Cuban interests section in Washington.