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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‘Can we really just turn away?’

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