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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Winning ways: University of Alabama coach Nick Saban, who reportedly earns $6.9m a year

America's college sports stars try to level the paying field

Out of America: College football and basketball are big business; now players are challenging the system where they essentially work for free
His hometown of Hailey, in Idaho, marks his freedom

Is Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's release a success story – or a scandal?

Out of America: It's the American way to make politics out of everything, and this is no exception
The moment that ushered in the American century: President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to ratify a declaration of war against Imperial Germany

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: ‘We desire no conquest, no dominion. The world must be made safe for democracy’

Few US presidents have been so averse to warfare as Woodrow Wilson. And few have changed history so profoundly as he did when he led America into the Europe conflict

Speaking out: Maya Angelou, who died last week, was an exception to the norm for the descendants of slaves

Maya Angelou was able to rise, but as for most African Americans, race equality is still only a dream

Out of America: Reparations, according to an article by Ta-Nehisi Coates, are less a matter of dollars than of accepting 'our collective biography and its consequences'

Glazer celebrates the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl triumph in 2003

Malcolm Glazer obituary: US billionaire businessman who led the controversial takeover of Manchester United in 2005

He was the antithesis of the high-profile modern US sports owner

Figureheads: Jill Abramson (right), formerly of The New York Times, at Wake Forest University

Look who's talking – if the audience allows

Out of America: 'Commencement' speeches, preferably made by the great and the good, are becoming the victims of political correctness
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands during a bilateral meeting in Shanghai

Ukraine crisis: Vladimir Putin closes in on $400bn gas deal with ‘reliable friend’ China and announces pull-back of Russian troops

Russia ramps up trade to the east in a bid to shield itself from impact of EU and US sanctions

US declares cyber war on China: Chinese military hackers charged with trying to steal secrets from companies including nuclear energy firm

Tensions between the two superpowers explode as a Pennsylvania court accuses military officials of trying to steal secrets from six companies, including a nuclear energy firm

Hillary Clinton has yet to declare her 2016 candidacy

Hillary Clinton rises above the dirty tricks

Out of America: Karl Rove says the ex-secretary of state is suffering from a 'traumatic' brain injury. It will take more than that to stop her
Final dregs: The ideals of Tea Partiers, such as Michelle Bachmann, have been adopted by more presentable Republicans

Lost? The Tea Party has already won, and its influence will be felt for years to come

Out of America: It may seem to be in decline, but the Republicans' wacky wing has achieved its main aim of pushing the party to the right
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If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
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Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

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Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

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The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
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