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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Devastation: The scene in Tacloban in central Philippines after it was hit by Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan: Death toll in Philippines feared to exceed 1,200

Vietnam braces itself as the Philippines counts the cost of the typhoon

The insects have flooded offices in the capital, Canberra

Australia’s bogong moth invasion turns even yawning into a potential health hazard

A week before Australian politicians reconvene after a lengthy spring break, Parliament House in Canberra has been invaded by a different kind of pest: swarms of large bogong moths, breaking their journey on their annual flight south.

Douglas Mawson was an accomplished Antarctic explorer, but a new book questions whether some of his expeditions were as he described

Cannibalism and calculation: a dark story from the white continent

An Antarctic explorer may have nasty secrets, writes Kathy Marks in Sydney

Germaine Greer became a household name with the publication of ‘The Female Eunuch'

Germaine Greer sells letters to Melbourne University for £1.8m

The feminist academic’s archive will provide rich vein of social history, if not gossip

Gold leaf: eucalyptus trees have unusually deep roots; the particles are sucked up and into the foliage by hydraulic action

Trees sewn with particles of gold excite Australia’s mining industry

Gum tree roots go up to 40m underground and act like a hydraulic pump for gold

Fireman battles the flames at Bilpin, west of Sydney

Australia wildfires: 'The worst is yet to come', say firefighters

Residents in the Blue Mountains tell Kathy Marks of homes lost, lucky escapes and the ongoing fear of obliteration

Abbott is firmly opposed to same-sex marriage

Tony Abbott launches legal challenge after Australia’s capital passes gay marriage

His sister, Christine Forster, has said she plans to marry her long-term gay partner

Mark 'Chopper' Read has delivered a 'deathbed' confession that he killed four men

Infamous 'Chopper' Read delivers shocking deathbed confession that he killed four men

Australian police scurry to confirm claims of movie subject who spent 23 years in jail for violent crimes, but was never convicted of murder

New South Wales Rural Fire Service firefighter Garry Reid, from the Medlow Bath brigade puts in containment lines on the Darling Causeway near the township of Bell in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia

Australia Bushfires: New South Wales declares state of emergency as blaze threatens Sydney

State of emergency declared as concern grows over formation of single huge fire front

Supporters searching for the missing yacht Nina want New Zealand Search and Rescue to investigate a new satellite image, which they claim looks like a life raft.

Ghost ship Nina: Missing for four months in the vastness of the Pacific, with seven crew presumed dead, is this faint satellite image a glimmer of hope?

Blurry satellite images of what appears to be a ship drifting in the Pacific Ocean have raised faint hopes that seven crew members, missing since their yacht disappeared off New Zealand four months ago, may be alive.

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It's what you're reclining on that matters
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A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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