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World leaders say end is near for Gadhafi, urge him to surrender

ROME — World leaders said Monday the end is near for the regime of Moammar Gadhafi and called on the Libyan leader to relinquish power, as hundreds of Libyans living abroad celebrated in the streets after rebels took control of most of the Libyan capital.

With events unfolding quickly and clashes reported Monday near Gadhafi’s compound in Tripoli, leaders across European capitals urged Gadhafi to avoid a bloodbath of his own people and turn himself in to the International Criminal Court.

“The time is up,” Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Monday. “There is no alternative to surrendering and handing himself in to justice.”

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