LIBYAN leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi, has refused to stand down amid widespread anti-government protests which he said had tarnished the image of the country.
In his first major speech since unrest began, Col Gaddafi said the whole world looked up to Libya and that the protesters were "serving the devil".
He said he would not leave the country and would "die a martyr".
Rights groups say nearly 300 people have been killed in violence since the protest began.
A defiant and angry Col Gaddafi said ...
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