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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People wait to have lost election cards replaced at the election office for the upcoming elections in Suva, the capital. Fiji has imposed a strict media blackout of coverage of the South Pacific nation's first elections since a 2006 military coup, warning journalists face up to five years jail if they do not comply

Fiji general election: Frank Bainimarama wants to be voted in as Prime Minister eight years after he took power in coup

Bainimarama's coup in 2006 was Fiji's fourth in two decades. He is now urging people to vote for his Fiji First party and make him a genuine, rather than self-appointed, Prime Minister

Survivors of the sunken tourist boat recuperate in the town of Bima

Remarkable escape: A sinking boat, a three mile swim – and then they land on an erupting volcano

Kathy Marks tells the story of a group of tourists who survived a stricken Indonesian ferry

Former politician and banker Neville Wran, left, with his wife Jill and children Harriet and Hugo, at a charity event in 2005

Harriet Wran goes from penthouse to jail house: The downfall of the Australian heiress who had everything

The daughter of a leading politician has been charged with murdering an alleged drug dealer while reportedly high on drugs and living rough. Kathy Marks reports on a fall from grace that has left a nation reeling in shock

Jamaliah (L) gives a hug to her daughter Raudhatul Jannah (C) after being reunited in Meulaboh, Aceh, northern Sumatra, Indonesia, 07 August 2014.

Raudhatul Jannah: Girl lost in Indian Ocean tsunami reunited with her parents 10 years on

Raudhatul was just four-years-old when the 2004 tsunami hit

Gammy is now expected to travel to Bangkok for medical treatment

Down's syndrome baby: Thai surrogate mother of 'abandoned' twin Gammy will keep him – and says she doesn't blame Australian couple

After her experience, Pattharamon Janbua said she would advise no woman to 'get into this business'
The low-lying islands of the Torres Strait, such as Yam Island, are at risk of becoming uninhabitable

Forgotten plight of Australia’s Torres Strait islanders: their land is being swallowed by rising sea

Hundreds of people may be forced to abandon homes where their families have lived for generations

Sydney and Melbourne are locked in a row over giant milk crates

Cultural relations between Sydney and Melbourne soured by row over milk crate art instillation

Artist Hany Armanious's 'Pavilion' won an international contest to create new public artworks for Sydney city centre - but Melbourne-based artist Jarrad Kennedy claims it 'is in breach of copyright'

Protesters in Sydney have rallied against the treatment of the asylum-seekers

The plight of a group of Sri Lankan refugees: At sea for over a month – then locked up in the Outback under Australia’s hardline asylum policies

The 157 people - including 50 children - have become cause célèbre and were finally allowed to land after India agreed to assess them for repatriation

Tony Abbott’s government has scrapped carbon pricing

Australia scraps carbon tax: Tony Abbott makes his country a ‘global pariah’ after legislation is passed by Senate

The irony is that the policy was working, with a study linking it to a 0.8 per cent drop in emissions in 2013

The boat laden with refugees hits the rocks at Christmas Island in 2010

Australia blamed for deaths of 50 refugees whose boat was smashed to pieces on Christmas Island in 2010

Victims’ relatives sue authorities, claiming tragedy could have been prevented

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After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
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BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
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