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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US pastor’s plan to burn 2,998 copies of the Koran to mark 9/11 ends in arrest

Controversial Terry Jones and an accomplice were arrested on charges related to the illegal conveyance of fuel through Florida

Bill De Blasio embraces his son Dante, left, daughter Chiara and wife Chirlane, right, after his win

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Democrat wins mayoral primary with enough support to avoid a run-off

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Investors in America's benchmark stock index will now have the option to put their money in trainers, credit cards and one of Wall Street's most influential investment banks.

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Last month, work was suspended after actress Cameron Bay tested positive

Icahn finally admits defeat in battle to stop Dell going private

For months now, it has been one of the most high-profile battles on Wall Street: Carl Icahn, the activist investor, leading the opposition to Michael Dell’s plan to take the computer giant he founded private as it struggles to deal with the drop-off in PC sales. But yesterday Mr Icahn finally threw in the towel after a series of defeats.

Dennis Rodman of the U.S. shows pictures he took with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the media, upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport

Dennis Rodman gives away name of Kim Jong-un's baby after returning from North Korea

US basketball star seemed unaware the child had never before been seen or spoken of in public

US jobs disappointment cuts chances of Fed easing stimulus

The US economy created fewer jobs than forecast in August, dampening expectations that the Federal Reserve will start weaning the US economy off its stimulus programme this month.

A Syrian on a street in the centre of Deir Ezzor

Syria crisis: More signs US involvement in civil war may be greater than first anticipated as Obama looks to boost rebels

Increased support will include sending expert Army personnel

Customers often leave a certain amount regardless of the standard of service

Waiters need a different type of change, New York food critic says in anti-tipping call

Peter Wells of the New York Times called the practice 'irrational, outdated, ineffective, confusing, prone to abuse and sometimes discriminatory'

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