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.
20 January 2014 06:51 PM
For Seattle, defeated in their lone Super Bowl appearance eight years ago, it will be another chance to win the biggest prize
18 January 2014 06:09 PM
The rose gardens and parks of the US capital are under attack and only lethal force can save them from the doe-eyed assailants
17 January 2014 11:36 PM
It's Conference Championship weekend, and the four best teams in the NFL lock horns for a shot at the sport's ultimate prize
NSA surveillance revelations: Barack Obama announces reforms to bulk data collection and spying on heads of states
17 January 2014 02:08 PM
Long-awaited speech unveiled some restrictions to America's surveillance policy, but Obama remained largely unapologetic
12 January 2014 12:00 AM
The political fate of the US presidential hopeful rests less on how much ridicule he attracts than on whether he can see off the lawyers
11 January 2014 12:00 AM
For devotees of the NFL, this is as good as it gets – the divisional round of the play-offs, four games pitting the regular season’s finest against four challengers already battle-hardened by victory in last weekend’s ever-treacherous wild-card round. And in 2014 there’s an extra twist: the prospect that one of the longest, most painful droughts in US sport might be near an end.
Steve McQueen’s acclaimed film 12 Years A Slave is brutal in its honesty. But is it too much for American audiences?
10 January 2014 02:02 AM
The paucity of slavery movies is especially striking when compared with the hundreds made about the Holocaust
05 January 2014 12:00 AM
The city is being led by a liberal for the first time in a generation, and the Democrats – especially Hillary Clinton - will be watching closely
04 January 2014 12:00 AM
Today, the battle for the Super Bowl starts in earnest. The regular season is out of the way, and so is Black Monday which immediately follows, the now traditional cull of NFL head coaches who didn’t deliver the goods. This year five were sacked (the most noteworthy among them Mike Shanahan of the utterly dysfunctional 3-13 Washington Redskins).
03 January 2014 01:00 AM
Devastated by injury and dumped by his beloved team, one of the NFL’s all-time great quarterbacks is back in business and breaking records
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist