Sport Mae Young, superstar of the first generation of professional women wrestlers, has died aged 90

Female emancipation has taken many forms, but few as gaudy and violent as the breakthrough largely pioneered by Mae Young, better known as "the Great Mae Young," superstar of the first generation of professional women wrestlers in the US, who conclusively gave the lie to generalisations about the gentler sex. In sport records are made to be broken, but Young's feat of appearing professionally in eight different decades may never be surpassed.

Whine, women and song: the bitter rivalry of Handel's divas

Their rows, love affairs and rivalries filled the gossip pages of newspapers in the first half of the 18th century and now, almost three hundred years later, Francesca Cuzzoni, Faustina Bordoni and Kitty Clive are set once again to be the talk of London.

Preview: Handel and the Divas, Handel House, London

A right old bunch of prima donnas

Portishead, Apollo, Manchester

Glory days are back with a vengeance

Sophie Heawood: Divas in their prime swap talent for tantrums

What a delicious week that was for behaving like a diva – indeed, for sommeliers of celebritydom, this one will surely go down as a vintage, with its extensive celebrity whine lists. Repeat offender Naomi Campbell, who recently did community service for attacking a maid, got nicked again, after having yet another "Don't you know who I am?" strop on an aeroplane. After turning abusive at all and sundry she allegedly ended up spitting at a copper – all after being told that some of her baggage couldn't fit on the plane, as it was overweight. (Admittedly, that is a uniquely cruel turn of phrase to use in front of a supermodel. Couldn't they at least have described her suitcase as calorifically challenged?)

Album: Gheorghiu, Kaufmann, Pappano, Puccini: Madama Butterfly (EMI Classics)

Despite its origins in churlish and charmless occidental responses to the opening up of Japan to American trade and influence, Madama Butterfly contains many of Puccini's most beautiful melodies and arias, enchantingly rendered here by the Romanian diva Angela Gheorghiu.

Patty Hearst goes from doghouse to dog show

More than three decades have passed since Patty Hearst became even more famous than her name when she was kidnapped by a radical leftist group in California, only to show up several weeks later, helping her captors rob a bank.

Album: Karita Mattila

Fever – Kirmo Lintinen/The Fever Band, ONDINE

The Duke Spirit, Neptune

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East Timor on brink of civil war after atrocities

Peacekeeping troops were struggling to stave off civil war in East Timor yesterday, where the death toll climbed to 23 after soldiers gunned down unarmed police in the capital and a mob torched a house filled with children.

First Night: Exotic diva delivers the voice lost on a forgettable album

KT Tunstall The Social, Nottingham

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Racing: Dettori's ban will not halt Sha Tin finale

For Frankie Dettori a one-month ban from riding could not have come at a better time. The suspension, an unfriendly farewell gesture from the stewards of the Racing Victoria Turf Club because of their visitor's careless riding in Tuesday's Melbourne Cup, will commence at midnight on Saturday. That will be around five hours after the final meeting of the year that counts towards the Flat jockeys' championship. Dettori can spend the following month basking in the reclamation of his crown and reflecting on a job well done.

Album: Jill Scott

Beautifully Human, HIDDEN BEACH/SONY

Why teens are born to be wild

Narcissistic, lazy, impulsive and rude - adolescents can be infuriating. But it's just the way their brains are wired, doctors now believe

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