Ukraine opposition leader turns down PM post

Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk has formally turned down an offer to be prime minister but the government and opposition have agreed to scrap draconian anti-protest laws, the presidency said in a statement on Monday.

Following talks with the opposition in Kiev, the presidency said the two sides also agreed an amnesty for arrested protesters but only on condition that activists leave official buildings they have occupied and clear away barricades from roads.