Rupert Cornwell

Known for his commentary on international relations and US politics, Rupert Cornwell also contributes obituaries and occasionally even a column for the sports pages. With The Independent since its launch in 1986, he was the paper's first Moscow correspondent - covering the collapse of the Soviet Union – during which time he won two British Press Awards. Previously a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters, he has also been a diplomatic correspondent, leader writer and columnist, and has served as Washington bureau editor. In 1983 he published God's Banker, about Roberto Calvi, the Italian banker found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge.

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In the aftermath of 9/11, US policy in Guantanamo was acceptable to terrified Americans

The American hysteria that led to CIA torture

Out of America: Amid the justifiable recriminations, it is too easy to forget that 3,000 people were killed in the US in one day
CIA Director John Brennan addresses the press

CIA torture report: Far from being reined in, the agency will emerge stronger than ever

If anything, scrutiny is now likely to become laxer with the GOP in charge

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo is displayed in the lobby of their headquarters in Langley, Virginia

CIA torture report: A victory for moral outrage and a blow for US democracy

Torture report confirms fears expressed about CIA when it was formed in 1947

Protesters demanding justice for Eric Garner, following his death at the hands of a New York police officer

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Orion sits on the Delta IV rocket after its inaugural launch was postponed

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The project could revive the excitement and sense of purpose that drove the Apollo programme and the series of moon landings between 1969 and 1972

Nevada is currently the only US state where sports betting is permitted

US considers a change in the law to allow gambling on sports

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The firebrand preacher Al Sharpton has been leading the protests in Ferguson

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Barry, left, in 1978, after winning his first mayoral election

Marion Barry: Civil rights hero who went on to become mayor of Washington but was laid low by his personal demons

Marion Barry could have been a great man, an indomitable fighter for civil rights and the mayor who made Washington DC whole. Instead, he will be remembered above all as a racial polariser brought low by his demons, his career summarised by grainy images of him smoking crack cocaine with a former mistress at a downtown hotel.

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Bill Cosby: from America's dad to sexual predator

Out of America: Stories of his alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans
Byrne in 1979: four years later she lost in the primary to Harold Washington, who became Chicago’s first black mayor

Jane Byrne: Politician who remains the only woman to serve as mayor of one of the three largest cities in America

Jane Byrne, the only female mayor in Chicago history, established a milestone for women’s advancement in the US.

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