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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The families of the 17 Iraqis killed in Nisour Square, Baghdad, finally have closure

The Blackwater trial: A shameful case exposes a murky world

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World Series: Can Kansas City Royals’ ride luck to beat San Francisco Giants?

Unfancied Kansas City side and outsiders the Giants compete in first wild-card showdown since 2002

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Broncos quarterback sets new record for touchdown passes after many had written him off to injury

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Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

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Greg Holland #56 celebrates with Norichika Aoki #23 of the Kansas City Royals after defeating the Los Angeles Angels 8-3

World Series 2014: USA falls in love with the Kansas City Royals

The unfashionable Kansas City side’s quest for World Series glory has captured hearts in America. Rupert Cornwell profiles the underdogs having their day

Lyubimov, right, poses for a photo with Vladimir Putin at an awards ceremony in 2007

Yuri Lyubimov: Actor and director who served as a beacon of dissent in the Soviet Union before becoming a venerable elder statesman

For almost three-quarters of a century Yuri Lyubimov was the embodiment of Soviet and Russian theatre: first as an actor, then as a pioneering director and a beacon for liberal dissent under Communism, finally as rehabilitated and venerated cultural elder statesman – a symbol of how, throughout his country's history, the arts and artists have had an importance far beyond their mere cultural merit.

Secret service officer Tim McCarthy was shot after throwing himself in front of Ronald Reagan to protect the president from John Hinckley in 1981

US secret service crisis: Is there someone – anyone – in control in America?

Out of America: The latest lapse by the US Secret Service, with an armed man breaking into the White House, is a sign of a deeper malaise

Can Washington Nationals put an end to 90 years of misery?

The last time a team from Washington DC won the World Series was 1924. Season-ticket holder Rupert Cornwell dares to dream they can repeat it

Justice Ruth Bader has made public the known, but unspoken, link between presidents and Supreme Court judges

The Supreme Court is a life sentence for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Out of America: After 21 years, she might like to retire, but that would probably let in a right-winger, so she feels she can't
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