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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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

Foreign policy shapes presidential legacies. Obama's thus far? The killing of Osama bin Laden, the expanded use of drones – and that’s about it

War or peace, Obama just can't win

No one wants another Iraq, but that doesn’t stop the President being criticised on all sides for caution on the world stage

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Yankees suffer A-Rod for their own backs

As spring training starts, disgraced slugger’s return from a year ban is causing embarrassment

How can Vladimir Putin, who seems bent on a new Cold War, be contained?

Ukraine crisis: Putin is counting on fact West has no desire for war

A flimsy figleaf is enough for those with no stomach for a fight

London Mayor Boris Johnson on a trade visit to New York last week

From a US presidential candidate you want gravitas, but all too often you get gaffes

For politicians keen to polish their global statesman image, crossing the Atlantic - in both directions - has many pitfalls

Tiger Woods is left scratching his head at last month’s Phoenix Open, where he shot an 82 – the worst round of his career

It's another twist, but is this really the end of Tiger Wood's tale?

COMMENT: After taking an indefinite break due to a back injury, the former world No 1 faces a stiff challenge to return

Charlie Sifford, the first black player on the PGA tour

The road to equality was a long and lonely one for Charlie Sifford

Out of America: Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks are being honoured this month, but the golfer, who has just died, also merits a place in history

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night (AP)

Super Bowl 2015: Brady adds to the legend as unknown Butler seals classic

Patriots quarterback inspires epic fightback to win one of the greatest Super Bowls

Barack Obama’s term in office has been littered with snubs and spats with Benjamin Netanyahu

The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours

The Vince Lombardi Trophy sits alongside the helmets of the Seattle Seahawks (L) and New England Patriots

Super Bowl 2015: NFL season of disgrace, involving cover-ups and Deflategate comes to a glittering end

Seattle Seahawks take on New England this Sunday

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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