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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Fed plays 'wait and see' on rollback of stimulus

No change, yet: that was the message from the US Federal Reserve on its stimulus policies yesterday as the central bank reiterated its warning that political wrangling over fiscal issues in Washington was "restraining economic growth".

Facebook smashes expectations with latest quarterly figures... but news of fall in teenage users sends stock tumbling

Facebook's stock endured a roller coaster ride, initially surging in after hours trading after the social media giant smashed expectations with its latest quarterly figures but then swiftly shedding its gains when it emerged that the company might be losing the interest of some teenage users, an important demographic.

Customers queue to use the new ATM

That’s handy… world’s first ATM for bitcoins opens in Vancouver cafe

As ATMs go, it’s an unusual one. A kiosk has been set up in a Vancouver coffee shop that lets customers make transactions without needing a bank account or a plastic card. The blue-black box resembles a standard bank cash machine, but is in fact the first real-world portal to the virtual world of bitcoins.

US government $10bn out of pocket after General Motors bailout

Last year, when the key industrial swing state of Ohio landed in President Obama’s column, helping him to re-election, the result was attributed in part to the auto-bailouts that saved the big American car-makers from doom during the Great Recession. But for taxpayers at large, the government’s rescue of General Motors, while safeguarding jobs and helping the company recover, has resulted in a loss of almost $10bn, according to an official report.

Tim Cook at an Apple presentation in September

The iPad Air has been warmly received but is Apple losing its bite?

As growth falters and gizmos dry up, there are concerns the tech firm's boss is failing to do enough to hold off its rivals

The new iPad Air which was unveiled by Apple this month

Apple reports record iPhone sales but profits are still slipping

Quarterly figures will do little to lessen pressure on chief executive Tim Cook

A leading hedge fund manager says Bitcoin might be more than a fad and could be worth investing in

More than a fad or just a Ponzi scheme? How the world is getting used to Bitcoin

The virtual currency is being touted as a good long-term investment, as its value doubles

JP Morgan may face new $6bn lawsuit

JP Morgan is attempting to strike a deal with institutional investors over claims it mis-sold mortgage-backed securities in a move that could see the Wall Street banking giant pay out $6bn (£4bn).

According to the Tea Association of the USA, Americans consumed more than 79 billion cups of tea last year

Forget the Caramel Macchiato: Starbucks applies coffee-shop model to a new taste… tea

The company will offer 'a wide range of unique hot brewed and iced teas, tea lattes and distinctive sparkling and tea fusion beverages'

Job creation shortfall highlights fragility of American labour market

American employers added 148,000 jobs over September, underscoring the still fragile state of the labour market as the Federal Reserve considers changes to its bond-buying programme.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?