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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Charlie Sifford, the first black player on the PGA tour

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

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

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

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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

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Seattle Seahawks take on New England this Sunday

Hillary's husband Bill, left, with George Bush Snr (AFP)

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

Out of America: These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large

Deflategate: Soft balls causing a feeling of deflation before Super Bowl

New England Patriots accused of underinflating balls to reach grand final

Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck

NFL Championship Sunday: Colts' Andrew Luck can deny New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks showdown

Indianapolis Colts' emerging star quarterback Andrew Luck inspired their win over Denver

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The American hysteria that led to CIA torture

Out of America: Amid the justifiable recriminations, it is too easy to forget that 3,000 people were killed in the US in one day
CIA Director John Brennan addresses the press

CIA torture report: Far from being reined in, the agency will emerge stronger than ever

If anything, scrutiny is now likely to become laxer with the GOP in charge

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo is displayed in the lobby of their headquarters in Langley, Virginia

CIA torture report: A victory for moral outrage and a blow for US democracy

Torture report confirms fears expressed about CIA when it was formed in 1947

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