Obama signs executive order easing sanctions against Sudan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed an executive order easing but not eliminating sanctions against Sudan.

The White House says Obama signed the order on Friday, one week before he leaves office. It’s part of a move to broaden currently limited talks with the long-estranged African government.

Obama says he’s taking the action to reflect progress by Sudan including a reduction in offensive military action, efforts to improve humanitarian access and cooperation with the U.S. on terrorism.

The administration is keeping in place broad economic and financial sanctions Sudan faces as a result of its “state sponsor of terrorism” designation.

The group Human Rights Watch says the decision is “inexplicable” and that Sudan’s government continues to commit war crimes.