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LIBYA LIVE: Piecing together Gadhafi's last hours

By Mike Stewart

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Oct. 20 2011 2:20 p.m. MDT

Libyans react to the death of Moammar Gadhafi outside the Libyan Embassy in London, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.

Sang Tan, Associated Press

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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed today as his hometown fell to the one-time rebels who ousted him, ending the last vestiges of control for the man once hailed as the "king of kings of Africa."

Here's a running account of the day's developments. The times, which indicate when each update was filed, are local in Libya unless otherwise noted. Libyan time is two hours ahead of GMT and six hours ahead of EDT.

10:15 p.m.

Outside the Libyan Embassy in London, demonstrators chanted and wept with joy.

"I was crying, I was shouting, I was smiling," said Najwa Creui, a 40-year-old teacher who has lived in Britain for the past 16 years. "It's the day Libyans have been waiting for as long as I have been alive."

9:37 p.m.

During an afternoon Rose Garden address, President Obama spoke directly to Libya's revolutionary rulers and to its people in urging a smooth transition to fair, free elections.

"You have won your revolution," Obama said. "One of the world's longest-serving dictators is no more.

"The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted. And with this enormous promise, the Libyan people now have a great responsibility."

9:27 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says he sees useful lessons in how the U.S. and NATO prosecuted the Libyan mission.

"In this case, America spent $2 billion total and didn't lose a single life. This is more of the prescription for how to deal with the world as we go forward than it has been in the past," Biden said during a speech in Plymouth, N.H.

9:19 p.m.

With confused and sometimes conflicting accounts swirling about Libya, Amnesty International is urging revolutionary fighters to make public the full facts of how Gadhafi met his end.

The London-based rights group says it is essential to conduct "a full, independent and impartial inquiry to establish the circumstances of Col. Gadhafi's death."

The group also is calling on the new government to treat all members of the former regime humanely.

9:11 p.m.

Gadhafi's death is this year's latest foreign policy victory for the Obama administration, including the killing of Osama bin Laden and the recent strike against a radical U.S.-born cleric in Yemen.

While the U.S. briefly took the lead in the NATO bombing campaign in Libya, America quickly took a secondary role to its allies. Obama said the joint international effort showed what can be achieved by collective action

A diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity said the operation could wind up in the next day or two if NATO commanders confirm there's no need for it to continue.

8:51 p.m.

BREAKING: Diplomats say NATO will decide Friday to end the aerial campaign over Libya.

8:37 p.m.

"We want him alive! We want him alive!" one man shouts in video footage of fighters pulling a wounded Gadhafi toward an ambulance by the hair.

Later footage showed fighters rolling Gadhafi's lifeless body over on the pavement, stripped to the waist and a pool of blood under his head.

8:27 p.m.

Gadhafi's death is a major boost for the men who once called themselves rebels and are now leading Libya.

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