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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Carawan and his wife Candie in1986

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A gay couple hold an American flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, while a demonstrator holds a sign denouncing same-sex marriage

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Tim Tebow on the road to redemption with the Philadelphia Eagles

Fans’ favourite hopes to soar again with the Eagles after almost ending up on NFL scrapheap, writes Rupert Cornwell

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