Nikhil Kumar

Nikhil Kumar is The Independent's New York correspondent. He was formerly assistant editor on the foreign desk and has also done a variety of jobs on the city desk, where he wrote about markets, commodities and other business and economics topics.

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Bill de Blasio dwarfs his rivals during Wednesday’s debate

Towering Bill de Blasio the favourite for next mayor of New York City

Six-foot-five public advocate sweeps past controversial candidate Anthony Weiner in race for Democrats’ nod

Barack Obama meets with his national security staff to discuss the situation in Syria in the Situation Room of the White House

Syria crisis: US has evidence that sarin gas was used in alleged attack, claims John Kerry

Obama administration says tests from emergency workers bolster case for attack

Swiss banks face fines for US tax dodgers

Around a hundred Swiss banks could face significant penalties under a tax accord between the US and Swiss governments that will give lenders in Switzerland an opportunity to resolve an international dispute over tax evasion by rich Americans.

US federal judges uphold California ban on mental health professionals trying to reverse homosexuality in minors

Federal judges in the US have upheld California’s decision to ban mental health professionals from trying to reverse homosexuality in minors.

Judge in Montana urged to resign over comments about girl’s rape

A Montana judge is facing calls to resign after saying that a 14-year-old girl who was raped by a teacher was “older than her chronological age”.

US economy grows at rate of 2.5%

The US economy grew at a rate of 2.5 per cent between April and June, the Commerce Department said today, revising its estimate for growth in the second quarter on the back of a surge in exports.

Bank chairman admits spending taxpayer's bailout cash on beachside holiday home

A US banker is facing jail after using bailout funds to help his company buy a luxury condo in Florida.

Merrill Lynch poised to settle race bias claim in $160m deal

A racial discrimination suit against Merrill Lynch that has been slowly winding its way through American courts is close to being resolved, with the biggest settlement of its kind said to be in the works after an eight-year legal tussle.

US envoy attempts to negotiate release of American missionary held in North Korea

A special US government envoy will travel to North Korea on Friday to seek the release of Kenneth Bae, the American Christian missionary and former tour operator sentenced to 15 years hard labour by the secretive state.

Major Nidal Hasan shot dead 13 comrades at Fort Hood, Texas

Fort Hood killer sentenced to death by military court

Major Nidal Hasan shot 13 people dead in 2009 rampage

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Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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