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New Libya PM as Nato quits

Nato's triumphant air campaign against Libya has ended, setting the country on the path to a democratic transition less than two weeks after the killing of Muammar Gaddafi.

As Nato pulled out, Libya's leadership, the 51-member National Transitional Council was taking another step toward a democratic system, to be operational within two years.

The council chose a new prime minister, US-educated electrical engineer Abdurrahim el-Keib, who is to appoint a new government that will pave the way for general elections.

Who star Pete

lashes iTunes

Music legend Pete Townshend has slammed computer giant Apple, describing its music service iTunes as a "digital vampire".

He has now called for greater support and financial rewards for artists from online firms.

In a keynote speech at annual BBC 6 Music John Peel Lecture in Salford, The Who guitarist claimed the internet was "destroying copyright".

He said writers and musicians should expect to be paid if their work was generating money for others.

Yoga hope for

back sufferers

Yoga may be the answer for people disabled by chronic lower back pain, research suggests.

Patients taught the ancient Eastern practice experienced a greater improvement in back function than those given conventional treatment alone.

The study involved 313 patients with chronic or recurrent back pain.

At the end of the programme, they were able to undertake 30pc more activities.

Gervais blasts

'can't do' UK

Comedy star Ricky Gervais has criticised British culture for stifling aspiration.

The creator of The Office and Extras said that British children were not encouraged to pursue their ambitions.

"Americans are brought up to believe they can be the president of the United States.

"British kids are told: 'Don't be stupid. It won't happen for you'," he said.