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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On Manny Pacquiao’s home island separatist rebels will come down from the hills to join with their enemies to cheer on the nation’s favourite son

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Is the welterweight challenger a heavyweight contender to the President of the Philippines?

That next week's 'biggest fight in boxing history' features a would-be president of the Philippines only adds to its lustre

Surgeon's career advice: accept sexual advances

'Ironic' comment causes uproar in Australia - but medics say sexism is rampant

March 8th will mark the first anniversary of MH370's disappearance

Flight MH370: Still no answers on fate of plane that went missing a year ago

Malaysia has set a deadline of May to solve the mystery, or investigators will have to 'go back to the drawing board'

Ian Paterson was the public face of one of Australia’s most exclusive schools

Head covered up child abuse at exclusive Australian school

Although Dr Paterson was aware of the many allegations against his staff he never reported anything to the police

Australians Myuran Sukumaran (left) and Andrew Chan (right), the two ringleaders of the 'Bali Nine' drug ring, pictured being escorted out of court in 2006. 14 February 2006. The Indonesian court issued death sentences for Australian's Chan and Sukumaran, who were convicted of leading a drug ring which exported heroin to Australia through the resort island of Bali.

Bali Nine: Australian government condemns pictures of grinning Indonesian police chief posing with prisoners as they prepare to face firing squad

As the ringleaders of the heroin-trafficking gang, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were sentenced to death nine years ago

A greyhound chases a live-baited possum

Australia’s greyhound industry rocked by animal cruelty scandal

Television exposé by welfare group shows top trainers using rabbits, possums and piglets as live bait despite the practice being outlawed decades ago

Gina Rinehart is Australia’s richest person with an estimated fortune of US$11.7bn (£7.6bn)

Mining mogul's granddaughter sues for $25m upkeep (and gold-studded guitar)

The court heard that Olivia Mead was 'not a spoilt child'

Gaffe-prone Australian PM Tony Abbott may have see off a threat from his own backbenchers amid rumblings of discontent

Will Tony Abbott have to fall on his sword for knighting Prince Philip?

Mr Abbott’s job is under threat thanks to a revolt by his own backbenchers

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their way to attend the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Perth in 2011; Australians have been left bemused by their Prime Minister making Prince Philip a Knight of the Order of Australia

Australia bemused by decision to knight Prince Philip

Mr Abbott had been expected to put the annus horribilis of 2014 behind him and squash the leadership speculation by starting 2015 in decisive fashion

An asylum-seeker in Papua New Guinea has sewn his lips together in protest at his detention on Manus Island, right

Refugees detained in Papua New Guinea and desperate to reach Australia resort to hunger strikes and self-harm

An Iranian man was killed during a riot on Manus Island almost a year ago, and amid continuing local hostility, the asylum-seekers fear for their safety

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Major medical journal Lancet under attack for 'extremist hate propaganda' over its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Lancet accused of 'anti-Israel hate propaganda' over coverage of Gaza conflict

Threat to free speech as publishers of renowned medical journal are accused of inciting hatred and violence
General Election 2015: Tories and Lib Dems throw their star names west to grab votes

All noisy on the Lib Dems' western front

The party has deployed its big guns in Cornwall to save its seats there. Simon Usborne heads to the heart of the battle
How Etsy became a crafty little earner: The online market has been floated for £1.2bn, but can craft and capitalism coexist?

How Etsy became a crafty little earner

The online market has been floated for £1.2bn, but can craft and capitalism coexist?
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King Arthur is inspiring Guy Ritchie

Raluca Radulescu explains why his many permutations - from folk hero to chick-lit hunk - never cease to fascinate
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Apple Watch: Will it live up to expectations?

The Apple Watch has apparently sold millions even before its launch tomorrow
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Don't fear the artichoke

Artichokes are scary - they've got spikes and hairy bits, and British cooks tend to give them a wide berth. But they're an essential and delicious part of Italian cuisine
11 best men's socks

11 best men's socks

Make a statement with your accessories, starting from the bottom up
Paul Scholes column: Eden Hazard would be my Player of the Year – but I wonder if he has that appetite for goals of Messi or Ronaldo

Paul Scholes column

Hazard would be my Player of the Year – but I wonder if he has that appetite for goals of Messi or Ronaldo
Frank Warren: Tyson Fury will be closely watching Wladimir Klitschko... when he wins it'll be time to do a deal

Frank Warren's Ringside

Tyson Fury will be closely watching Wladimir Klitschko... when he wins it'll be time to do a deal
London Marathon 2015: Kenya's brothers in arms Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto ready to take on world

Kenya's brothers in arms take on world

Last year Wilson Kipsang had his marathon record taken off him by training partner and friend Dennis Kimetto. They talk about facing off in the London Marathon
Natalie Bennett interview: I've lost track of the last time I saw my Dad but it's not because I refuse to fly

Natalie Bennett interview: I've lost track of the last time I saw my Dad

Green leader prefers to stay clear of her 'painful' family memories but is more open about 'utterly unreasonable' personal attacks
Syria conflict: Khorasan return with a fresh influx of fighters awaiting the order to start 'shooting the birds'

Khorasan is back in Syria

America said these al-Qaeda militants were bombed out of the country last year - but Kim Sengupta hears a different story
General Election 2015: Is William Cash the man to woo Warwickshire North for Ukip?

On the campaign trail with Ukip

Is William Cash the man to woo Warwickshire North?
Four rival Robin Hood movies get Hollywood go-head - and Friar Tuck will become a superhero

Expect a rush on men's tights

Studios line up four Robin Hoods productions
Peter Kay's Car Share: BBC show is the comedian's first TV sitcom in a decade

In the driving seat: Peter Kay

Car Share is the comedian's first TV sitcom in a decade. The programme's co-creator Paul Coleman reveals the challenges of getting the show on the road