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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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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