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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The shutdown finally came to an end last week

Impact of US Government shutdown felt in weaker-than-expected September jobs report

American economy still fragile, report shows

US tax fight sees closure of second Swiss bank

Frey & Co has become the second private Swiss bank to close shop because of the ongoing US campaign against wealthy Americans suspected of using the European country’s famously secretive banking system to skirt domestic tax laws.

A contractor working for Blackwater in Iraq

Justice at last? Private US security guards who killed 17 Iraqi civilians in aftermath of Baghdad bombing face new charges

Almost four years after the case was dramatically thrown out, four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of unlawfully killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad have now been charged in connection with the incident following a new indictment handed down by a US grand jury.

Goldman Sachs preserves profits by cutting back on pay

Goldman Sachs safeguarded its profits over the third quarter by cutting expenses, slashing the amount it puts aside to pay its bankers as revenues dropped by 20 per cent amid a slowdown in bond trading, one of its key businesses.

Google shares rised sharply after exceeding Wall Street's expectations

Google shares hitting new record in after hours trading

Google continued to march onwards through the third quarter, with the search engine giant's shares hitting a new record in after hours trading on Thursday after its results surpassed Wall Street's expectations.

The charred remains of Melinda Coleman’s home in Maryville, Missouri

Something about Maryville: The rape scandal that shames America

Why were sex assault allegations against footballer players dropped?

Overhaul at Yahoo aimed at competing with online rivals

Yahoo put in a steady, if unspectacular, performance over the third quarter as chief executive Marissa Mayer focuses on overhauling the struggling internet giant’s products and services to help it compete with online rivals such as Google.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde

US budget battle: IMF's Christine Lagarde warns America's lawmakers they risk pushing world into recession

Stark warning from IMF chief comes as search for deal to extend debt ceiling shifts to Senate

Segarra claims NY Fed fired her ‘for Goldman finding’

By early 2012, Carmen Segarra, then a bank examiner at the New York Federal Reserve, had gathered enough information to convince her colleagues whose job it was to keep tabs on big banks that Goldman Sachs, one of the most influential financial institutions in the world, was lacking in its conflicts of interest policies.

Blackberry at centre of bidding war between its co-founders and largest shareholder

Blackberry, the struggling smartphone maker that last month agreed to sell itself to a group of buyers led by its largest shareholder, could find itself at the centre of a bidding war after the company's co-founders said they were considering buying the business.

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