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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Cup runs dry: Have Tea Party members have overplayed their hands in primary elections?

There are signs the Tea Party may be over 

Five years of arch-conservative revolution has left the party exhausted by infighting

Pro-Ukrainian activists hold placards reading

Unlikely odds of a Russia-Crimea reunification

The new government in Kiev is extremely unlikely to do anything to directly provoke the Kremlin

Out of favour: Only 12 of the 32 states which execute prisoners use the electric chair

The last breaths of America's machinery of death

Few states still have capital punishment, and even those that do are finding it difficult to find the drugs needed for lethal injections

Miranda Barbour (pictured) and her husband Elytte murdered Troy LaFerrara last November

Is Miranda Barbour the most dangerous woman in US history – or just a good liar?

The 19-year-old has claimed more than two dozen murders, beginning when she was just 13

Power play: Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in House of Cards

Capitol Hill longs for drama in a crisis

Washington's deadlocked political class can only envy the ruthlessly effective machinations of Kevin Spacey in 'House of Cards'

Barack and Michelle Obama stand on the edge of Lake Michigan to view the skyline of their home town Chicago

Which part of town will he choose for his museum piece? Chicago universities lead the battle for Barack Obama’s presidential library

But they could be pipped by an outsider, as Rupert Cornwell discovers

US President Barack Obama (right), first lady Michelle Obama (left) and French President Francois Hollande wave from the balcony of the White House

French state visit: Hatchet buried as Barack Obama welcomes François Hollande to Washington

Warm welcome for French President who has stood by America over intervention in the Syrian civil war, nuclear negotiations with Iran and on countering terrorism in north Africa

Nothing to lose: Secretary of State is likely to be John Kerry’s last big political post. He intends to go out with a flourish

John Kerry's final run at a place in history

While the US's recent ambassadorial appointees have been an embarrassment, its current Secretary of State is one of its most ambitious

Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos reacts as he walks off the field after their 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks

Super Bowl 2014: Peyton Manning left in the shade by clinical Seattle Seahawks

The Denver Broncos were soundly beaten in New Jersey

Seattle Seahawks Owner Paul Allen celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy

Super Bowl 2014: Seattle Seahawks thrash Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
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Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice