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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appears on state television

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appeared for less than a minute Tuesday morning on state television and made brief remarks to say he was in the capital Tripoli and to deny rumors he had fled to Venezuela amid the violent revolt against his 41-year rule.

Gadhafi was seated in the passenger seat of a small vehicle holding an umbrella up through the open door. It has been raining in the capital for two days. His remarks were aired about 2 a.m. local time (7 p.m. Monday ET).

"I am in Tripoli and not in Venezuela," he said, according to Al Arabiya television.

Gadhafi spoke hours after reports that Libyan military aircraft fired live ammunition at crowds of anti-government protesters in Tripoli on Monday. Continue reading...