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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His hometown of Hailey, in Idaho, marks his freedom

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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’

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

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

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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

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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

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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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