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Youthful passion fuels 'Madama Butterfly' Special

Toronto - Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” has been accused of racism, misogyny, and gross stereotyping. But at its heart, the opera is really about the passion of youth, and the consequences of choice.

Op-Ed: National service program: Better than today's Executive Action Special

President Obama has signed an Executive Action, allowing undocumented immigrants who came to the United States with their parents prior to age 16, to serve in U.S. military forces.

A tale of two forums on the future of Europe Special

Athens - Two drastically different forums focused on young people took place in the last two weeks, showing the deep divide over the role the new generation should have in bringing about change in Europe.

Myanmar opposition youth seek louder voice

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar opposition party faced calls to inject new blood into its ageing top ranks as it opened a landmark conference Saturday dedicated to its youth wing.

Concussions and youth sports Special

Suffering from a concussion can occur in any sport, and at all levels of play. The U.S. Center for Disease Control estimates 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur in sports and recreational activities each year.

Youth water education flows through Ontario this summer Special

Toronto - The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) is supporting the Children’s Water Education Council (CWEC), by participating at various Children’s Water Festivals this summer.

South Africa's 'born-frees' cast first ballots

Soweto - Nervous but excited, South Africa's "born-free" generation voted for the first time on Wednesday, with many still expressing a deep gratitude to the ruling African National Congress for leading the struggle against apartheid.

Op-Ed: Pope John Paul II's canonization and rainbows that circle the sun

Pope Francis has declared Pope John Paul II a Roman Catholic Saint. Having been a local witness to this event, I recalled seeing Pope John Paul II in action when I was a youth participant of the 1993 8th World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Argentina weighs plastic surgery ban for minors

Buenos Aires - Lawmakers in Argentina are considering a bill that would ban plastic surgery for patients under the age of 18.The measure aims to stem the popularity of cosmetic surgery among Argentina's youth, in a beauty-obsessed nation where the popularity of such ...

New video game tries to combat cyberbullying

A new simulation video game from Pixelberry Studios is teaming up with The Cybersmile Foundation to battle many issues a typical high school student goes through, including bullying.

Op-Ed: Banning fun — Tyranny on the rise in schools

A Long Island middle school has taken away virtually all playground equipment, banning "anything that might hurt someone."

Emerging tobacco products gaining popularity among youth

Emerging tobacco products like e-cigarettes and hookahs are gaining popularity among U.S. middle- and high-school students, according to a report from the CDC.

ACLU campaigns against putting children in solitary confinement

The American Civil Liberties Union has launched an online campaign to end solitary confinement for children. The petition addresses Attorney General Eric Holder.

Video: Holocaust survivor's inspiring message for young Germans

Newark - Ninety-year-old Emery Jacoby was taken to a concentration camp at the age of 20. Both his sisters also survived, but their parents were never seen again. He sent an inspiring message to young Germans, in the hope that such events will never be repeated.

Snake charmer tribal youths fish for a better living in India Special

Chennai - They used to be snake charmers, until the government made it illegal. However, instead of crying over a lost livelihood, youths of the primitive tribe Irular in southern India are turning entrepreneurs, catching and breeding clams and .fish

Decline in cancer deaths among young people

Cancer deaths among young people in the U.K. have fallen in last 30 years, according to a new study from the charity Cancer Research U.K.

New electrocardiogram device designed for athletic youth

Cardea Associates recently announced the development of an FDA-approved electrocardiogram device designed specifically for the young athlete, a potentially important step in the reduction of heart attacks among young sports enthusiasts.

Study says it's safe to Taser teens

Wake Forest - A new US study has found that teenagers who are Tasered, don't appear to be at any higher risk of injury than adults. Researchers examined data from "real life" altercations between youth and police.

Palestinian youth protest rising prices in West Bank

Ramallah - Palestinian youth have taken to the streets of Ramallah and across the West Bank, to protest rising prices. They carried signs and shouted slogans against the government of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Op-Ed: Young, educated, and underemployed

You’ve just graduated with a bachelor’s degree. You work full-time at Starbucks to pay off your student loans, while you search for jobs in your discipline on the side. Months later, you find yourself back where you first started.

Video: Sexy advert urges Spaniards to rent properties

A Spanish property company has launched a unique advertising campaign, targeting young Spaniards and telling them to "get a room" on their website.

'Knock 'em Down': The rise of a new violent game among youth

Chicago - No longer are kids gathering at the park playing stickball or even just playing video games in their room. A new physical and violent game is emerging among the youth called "Pick 'em Out and Knock 'em Down."

Vancouver hockey coach arrested for tripping teen player

Vancouver - A youth hockey coach in Vancouver has been arrested after he was accused of tripping a member of the opposing team during the end-of-game handshake routine. The 13-year-old player broke his wrist.

Op-Ed: Do America's youth lack work skills?

The question should be, why don't America's youth have the skills that are needed to compete in an ever changing job market?

Op-Ed: Whitney Houston a shining songbird and gateway drug

It was strange to learn of the passing of Whitney Houston on my iPhone. And yet it was so appropriate. In the 1980s her albums were as ubiquitous as social media is now.

Op-Ed: Bullying – Who’s responsible and how to stop it?

For over a year now, news media and social networking forums have been ignited with stories of bullied victims, and others trying to combat the problem. Yet some items remain unanswered or not properly addressed.

Kids Help Phone gives kids a caring voice 24/7 Special

There's an epidemic that is killing Canadians, with our youth at highest risk, that is completely preventable. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Canadians 15-24 year olds.

Millennials change the face of work Special

Toronto - Young, smart and out of work, Robyn Brophy applied to 95 different jobs before she scored her first interview and job. For a part-time nanny position.

Op-Ed: Is Toronto ready to say enough when it comes to gun crime?

Toronto - Has Toronto become a youthful Wild West, with gun slingers at every corner trigger happy? While over all crime has been reduced in the city it seems at least once a week another gun battle has taken place on the streets putting innocents in danger.

Op-Ed: Muslims are Europe's New Jews?

The incidence of higher education and skills is greater among Muslim immigrants than in the general population. Europe attracts the best and the brightest away from their destitute, politically dysfunctional and backward homelands.
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Youth have their own place at Toronto s Pride Week  2011
Youth have their own place at Toronto's Pride Week, 2011
Shane Mullins
Palestinian youth protest economy in Ramallah
Palestinian youth protest economy in Ramallah
The book  It s Not All Black and White   —  Multiracial Youth Speak Out
The book 'It's Not All Black and White' — Multiracial Youth Speak Out
it is not Occupy Wall Street  it is a different protest  in Queens.
it is not Occupy Wall Street, it is a different protest, in Queens.
Several young women at a Project Wildfire workshop
Several young women at a Project Wildfire workshop
Courtesy Project Wildfire
Youth have their own place at Toronto s Pride Week  2011
Youth have their own place at Toronto's Pride Week, 2011
Shane Mullins
A young woman heats oil in a large wok in Kurri village of central India to fry grains for making th...
A young woman heats oil in a large wok in Kurri village of central India to fry grains for making the cereal.
Youth have their own place at Toronto s Pride Week  2011
Youth have their own place at Toronto's Pride Week, 2011