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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Texas Senator Ted Cruz during his speech

Not a filibuster, just a 21-hour speech: Republican Senator, Ted Cruz, rails against President Obama's plans for US healthcare

Tea Party star holds court for almost a whole day... thanks in part to Dr Seuss and Ashton Kutcher

A worker at the Jefferson North plant inspects wiring on a Jeep, which has been one of the key drivers of Chrysler’s turnaround

Chrysler owners in game of chicken

The revived US car giant has filed papers for a share sale as owners Fiat and United Auto Workers battle over merger plans

Blackberry was once valued at more than $80bn (£50bn)

Blackberry deal: $4.7bn sale to Fairfax-led consortium sees $75bn wiped from firm's value in five years

Once-great mobiles firm was worth $80bn five years ago, now going for a song as sales vanish

The proposals call for new natural gas-fired power plants to adhere to a limit of 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour

Obama administration unveils aggressive push to impose carbon limits on US power plants

Opponents say regulations will 'write off our huge, secure, affordable coal resources'

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke outlined a rough timeframe for rolling back the programme earlier this year

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke's economic fears keep the QE taps running

Shares surge, bond yields plummet as Fed wrongfoots Wall Street; Central bank slashes its growth forecasts for 2013 and 2014; Governor needs 'more evidence' of economic revival to ease stimulus

High culture in New York City: The Empire State Building - a landmark that looks like $1bn

The famous skyscraper will form the centrepiece of a real estate investment trust that is being lined up for a listing

US markets up after Larry Summers backs out of Federal Reserve race

The decision by Larry Summers to back out of the race to replace Ben Bernanke at the helm of the US Federal Reserve when he steps down next year, has boosted expectations of a dovish outlook for the monetary policy in the world’s largest economy, driving up stocks and bonds.

US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Benanke
has outlined a timetable for
tapering

US unemployment and Syria have clouded the picture over tapering

Global Outlook: No action next week will certainly throw off the markets

Banks set for a fee bonanza as Twitter goes public

Goldman Sachs likely to be the big winner from social media’s hotly anticipated IPO 

Blackstone set to relaunch Hilton as a public company

One of the largest leveraged buyouts of the pre-crisis era is about to come full circle, after the private-equity group Blackstone yesterday gave notice of plans to bring Hilton back to the stock markets as it looks to take advantage of the revival in the hotel industry.

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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

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You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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