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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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

Seattle Seahawks 43 Denver Broncos 8

Workers’ Voice: If the United Automobile Workers wins its ballot it could mark a change in union fortunes

All aboard the Chattanooga to Pyongyang: VW car-workers' in Tennessee could change the course of unions in America

If UAW sets up shop it will hand the country's enfeebled union movement its most significant victory in years and mark a new departure for US industrial relations. But some predict it will hit the buffers

Barack Obama told a crowd at a Costco store the country was moving on

A frustrated President Obama takes to the road to sell his strategy of reducing the gap between rich and poor to America

Jobs and wages will be the main battleground of November’s mid-term elections

Fallen stars: The McDonnells arrive at court in Richmond on Friday

Virginia sure ain't what it used to be

Former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen face long jail terms if found guilty of corruption. So much for the home of probity

Table talk: A veneer of normality survives in some parts of Damascus

Geneva seems a long way from Syria’s stalemate

In the fourth year of fighting, a people inured to war expect little from the Swiss peace talks

NFL: Peyton Manning sets up shot at Super Bowl redemption as Denver Broncos face Seattle Seahawks

For Seattle, defeated in their lone Super Bowl appearance eight years ago, it will be another chance to win the biggest prize

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Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

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'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
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