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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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

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

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Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
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'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project