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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Shareholders want Bill Gates's Microsoft exit

Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft in the mid-seventies and went on to build the business into a software behemoth that shaped the digital lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world.

The Stature of Liberty was one of the monuments affected by the shutdown

US shutdown: ‘I don’t understand it, there’s no excuse for this is there?’ More bewilderment than disappointment for tourists

For the Hedbergs, a family from Sweden visiting New York, the sign at the head of the path that leads down to the ferries to Liberty Island – home to the Statute of Liberty – was more cause for bewilderment than disappointment.

Shares slide on fears of a US shutdown

Investors on Wall Street fled the stock markets on Monday, triggering sharp declines on major indices as political gridlock in Washington looked set to force a partial shutdown of the US government for the first time in nearly two decades.

The federal trial over the 2010 spill has resumed

BP ‘lied’ over true extent of its Gulf oil disaster

Second phase of trial opens with claims of negligence and lack of preparation

Indyplus update: First US government partial shutdown in 17 years begins as Congress fails to strike budget deal before deadline

Partisan gridlock in Washington has triggered a partial shutdown of the US government, with Republicans and Democrats failing to agree a deal to keep federal agencies funded past a midnight deadline.

Q&A: What is the US shutdown?

What is the shutdown?

UN investigates further chemical weapons attacks inside Syria

Three cases suspected­ after regime’s strike on outskirts of Damascus on 21 August that prompted US threat of military action

JP Morgan chief faces the music in person

It was an unusual sight: the boss of America's largest bank travelling to Washington for a face-to-face meeting with the US Attorney General to settle the lender's legal troubles.

Facebook shares break $50 on the back of mobile ads success

Facebook's shares closed above the $50 mark yesterday, continuing their onward march as the social media giant's success in making money from mobile ads lures investors back into a stock that, when it floated last year, swiftly plunged below its offer price on worries about being overvalued.

The President was speaking at a community college just outside Washington

Republican debt-default threat is crazy, says President Obama

Barack Obama has denounced Republican moves to potentially use the threat of a disastrous debt default by the American government to delay funding for his signature health reforms as “crazy”, saying he would “not negotiate on anything when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States of America”.

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