‘The perfect Alabama candidate’: Republicans warm to Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin’s favorability ratings have tripled among Americans in recent years – and the polls say he’s most popular among Republicans. To find out why, Paul Lewis travels to deeply conservative Alabama in the run-up to next week’s Republican Senate primary to choose a replacement for Jeff Sessions. He finds Putin’s rising popularity may actually …

Murder, corruption and Kenya’s cattle barons

The Guardian investigates the causes behind the murder of Tristan Voorspuy, a former British army officer shot on his ranch by armed nomadic herders in March. For months, Kenya’s central county of Laikipia has become the epicentre​ of a bloody conflict between pastoralists from the north and farmers whose land they have invaded. A severe …

Dearborn, Michigan

In the last 12 months the city of Dearborn, MI has been thrown into conflict. A conflict about fear, ideology and identity politics –which has at its heart the central question of what it means to be an American today. Home to the largest mosque in North America, it is a place of apparent contradictions: …

Escape from Syria: Rania’s odyssey

Rania Mustafa Ali, 20, filmed her journey from the ruins of Kobane in Syria to Austria. Her footage shows what many refugees face on their perilous journey to Europe. Rania is cheated by smugglers, teargassed and beaten at the Macedonian border. She risks drowning in the Mediterranean, travelling in a boat meant to hold 15 …

Gender beyond the binary

Five non-binary people discuss their experience of life liberated from restrictive gender norms and definitions. They tell us about the difficulty that society has with their resistance to its attempts to compartmentalise and define people Subscribe to The Guardian ► Become a Guardian supporter ► The Guardian ► Suggested videos: Erica: Man Made ► Battle …

‘I’d rather have Trump to Clinton’: six months of turmoil hasn’t fazed these voters

Trump supporters in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, cast much of the blame for his stumbles on the media, and remain steadfast in their belief that a Clinton administration would have been worse Subscribe to The Guardian ► Become a Guardian supporter ► The Guardian ► Suggested videos: Erica: Man Made ► Battle for Mosul ► Radical …

Abortion frontline of America: life and death in Texas

New Texan anti-abortion laws are putting women’s lives at risk, according to pro-choice campaigners. Subscribe to The Guardian ► But pro-life activists claim they are protecting women from an out-of-control abortion industry. Leah Green visits the state as the battle over women’s bodies intensifies. Become a Guardian supporter ► The Guardian ► Suggested videos: Erica: …

Pitching Up

Ancient sports for children in Ireland’s most ethnically diverse town. Ballyhaunis in the west of Ireland is at first glance a traditional farming town, a place that in the past has been deeply affected by the emigration of its young. But today Ballyhaunis is unique in an Irish context. The majority of children in the …