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Yanukovych to Scrap Anti-Protest Laws in Ukraine

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has agreed to scrap the anti-protest laws that sparked some of the more violent anti-government protests in Kyiv.

The announcement came Monday after a meeting between the president and opposition leaders.

The justice minister said the revised laws will be sent to parliament and will meet European standards.

Mr. Yanukovych rejected amnesty for detained protesters unless the demonstrators abandon all the buildings they have seized.

Opposition supporters have taken over government headquarters in 10 of Ukraine's 25 regions.

And opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk formally rejected President Yanukovych's offer to make him prime minister, and the protests are expected to continue.



Marchers took to the streets in late November when Mr. Yanukovych backed out of a trade deal with the European Union in favor of closer ties to Russia.

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