Defiant Gaddafi clings to power

 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 have been killed in violence since the protest
began.

A defiant and angry Col Gaddafi said that he had brought glory to Lebanon and
that as he had no official position in Libya from which to resign, he would
remain the head of the revolution.

He blamed the unrest on “cowards and traitors” who were seeking to portray
Libya as a place of chaos and to “humiliate” Libyans.