Inside the Americas

Venezuela faces spiralling mental health crisis

Venezuelans have now put up with four years of political and socioeconomic troubles. Access to food and services remains scarce, even though power has been restored after a nationwide blackout that ended last week. The continual stress of day-to-day life have brought many to the brink of mental illness.


Meanwhile, Brazil's new far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro and US President Donald Trump bonded over their shared brand of conservative and populist politics, with Trump pledging to give more US support to Brazil's global ambitions.

And also in the US, the fallout continues from the college admissions cheating scandal. Fifty parents have now been charged with buying their kids' way into top schools, either by rigging standardised tests or by arranging for them to be recruited as athletes, even if they didn't really play a sport. Now some students linked to the scandal can no longer register for classes or get transcripts, as officials look into expelling them from school.

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