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.
26 January 2014 12:00 AM
Former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen face long jail terms if found guilty of corruption. So much for the home of probity
25 January 2014 08:00 PM
In the fourth year of fighting, a people inured to war expect little from the Swiss peace talks
20 January 2014 06:51 PM
For Seattle, defeated in their lone Super Bowl appearance eight years ago, it will be another chance to win the biggest prize
18 January 2014 06:09 PM
The rose gardens and parks of the US capital are under attack and only lethal force can save them from the doe-eyed assailants
17 January 2014 11:36 PM
It's Conference Championship weekend, and the four best teams in the NFL lock horns for a shot at the sport's ultimate prize
NSA surveillance revelations: Barack Obama announces reforms to bulk data collection and spying on heads of states
17 January 2014 02:08 PM
Long-awaited speech unveiled some restrictions to America's surveillance policy, but Obama remained largely unapologetic
12 January 2014 12:00 AM
The political fate of the US presidential hopeful rests less on how much ridicule he attracts than on whether he can see off the lawyers
11 January 2014 12:00 AM
For devotees of the NFL, this is as good as it gets – the divisional round of the play-offs, four games pitting the regular season’s finest against four challengers already battle-hardened by victory in last weekend’s ever-treacherous wild-card round. And in 2014 there’s an extra twist: the prospect that one of the longest, most painful droughts in US sport might be near an end.
Steve McQueen’s acclaimed film 12 Years A Slave is brutal in its honesty. But is it too much for American audiences?
10 January 2014 02:02 AM
The paucity of slavery movies is especially striking when compared with the hundreds made about the Holocaust
05 January 2014 12:00 AM
The city is being led by a liberal for the first time in a generation, and the Democrats – especially Hillary Clinton - will be watching closely
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
David Cameron says anyone criticising Eric Pickles' letter to Muslims 'really has a problem'
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- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
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