Kathy Marks

Kathy Marks is Asia-Pacific for The Independent, based in Sydney. She has also worked for Reuters and The Daily Telegraph.

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Floral tributes were placed near the café in central Sydney

Sydney Siege: Tributes to heroic hostages who paid with their lives

Reports emerge that café manager was shot trying to seize gun and of barrister who died shielding a colleague

Sydney cafe siege: Killer Man Haron Monis filmed YouTube videos of attack and forced hostages to use social media to relay demands

Videos appeared online apparently framed, filmed and uploaded by hostages

Hostages flee from the Lindt café in Martin Place yesterday after police stormed the premises to end Man Haron Monis’s 16-hour siege

Sydney Lindt cafe siege: Three dead after Australian commandos storm building – how the events unfolded

Weeks after a suspected Islamist plot was foiled to behead civilians in Martin Place, a self-styled cleric seized control of a cafe in the same plaza. Kathy Marks in Sydney tells how events unfolded

Sydney cafe siege: Australia becomes latest country to have its sense of invulnerability shattered

All of a sudden even the innocuous act of fetching a takeaway coffee seems fraught with danger

Tony Abbott taking questions in the Canberra parliament

Australia's beleaguered Abbott endures one final nightmare before Christmas

World View: If 2014 has been mostly dire for his conservative government, the past two weeks have been nothing short of appalling

The baby boy was dehydrated and malnourished, but otherwise uninjured

Baby abandoned in drain: Experts say newborn’s natural defences shielded him from harm - and a healthy dose of luck

Experts noted that full-term babies are born with enough fluid and glucose to keep them going for some days

Asyulum-seekers on the island of Java were turned back to Indonesia by the Australian Navy while trying to reach Christmas Island

Outcry after Australia takes ‘sugar off the table’ in an effort to deter would-be refugees

PM Tony Abbott is refusing to resettle asylum-seekers travelling through Indonesia

Thunderstruck: AC/DC fans in shock as drummer faces murder plot charge

Phil Rudd, the band’s drummer, has been charged with trying to arrange two murders

Conman Peter Foster is back behind bars – for now

Caught with his pants down… but can conman Peter Foster escape justice again?

The man who brought Cherie Blair to tears, duped Sarah Ferguson and swindled millions, is back behind bars – for now

Julia Gillard recalls the 'loneliness' of often being the sole woman at boardroom meetings in her book 'My Story'

Julia Gillard: Australia's first female Prime Minister reveals the 'sexism and misogyny' she faced on her rise to the top

In her new book, the Welsh-born politician addresses the gender debate and tells Kathy Marks about her hopes for a change in attitude

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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
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
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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
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
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Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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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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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
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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
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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

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas