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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The Supreme Court may put an end to vanity licence plates which last year earnt Texas $28m

Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Out of America: Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez: Former New England Patriot used to be one of NFL's brightest talents, but now spends his time fighting murder charge

Aaron Hernandez used to be one of the brightest talents in the NFL. Now, at just 24, his days are spent in a Massachusetts courthouse fighting the charge that he brutally murdered a close associate. His case is the latest in a series of scandals to engulf America’s richest sport

‘Arriving at Penn Station in New York is to enter the antechamber of Hades’

The US economy is under threat because of its neglected infrastructure

Public spending on roads, airports, bridges, railways and power grids is only half of Europe's, and some say the nation’s very prosperity is threatened

Uncompromising language: Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel election: Benjamin Netanyahu's win is bad for the 'peace process' and for US progress on Iran

Despite the current strains, the deep-rooted US-Israeli relationship will survive

Chris Borland retires: Concussion crisis deepens as worried former San Francisco 49ers linebacker quits at 24

Borland decided to retire because risks of long-term brain damage too great

Barack Obama, surrounded by his US Secret Service detail

The US Secret Service are now more House of Cards than real the heroes of yesteryear

They're under fire, and with a string of scandals and bungles in the past few years, it's not surprising

All sections of the community, protesters as loudly as the authorities, have condemned the shootings of two police officers in Ferguson

Ferguson shooting: Could be time for Washington to intervene directly - but such a move has momentous precedents

Ferguson's basic problem - a black town run by whites - is not isolated. But if events there are left to fester, the situation could mirror Selma in 1965

The predominately black crowds that gathered near the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma appeared to be as concerned with the present as much as the past

Selma anniversary: Thoughts turn to Ferguson as Obama marks civil rights landmark

Barack Obama, America’s first black president, was in Selma, Alabama, to lead 40,000 people to mark the country’s  civil rights ‘Bloody Sunday’ 50 years ago. But, says Rupert Cornwell, thoughts turned to Ferguson, Missouri

If Hillary Clinton is to be a credible presidential candidate, she has to step up

Time is running out for Hillary Clinton. She must declare her candidacy quickly

Out of America: She's the Democrats' only hope for the presidency, but has caused controversy by using her personal email for government business

Robbie Keane celebrates scoring LA Galaxy's second goal against Chicago Fire on Friday

MLS infant is now an adult – but still suffers from growing pains

US soccer league at 20: healthy but not wealthy enough

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

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Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before