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    Luke Vargas

    Chief Foreign Correspondent

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    Luke Vargas is the Chief Foreign Correspondent for Talk Media News based at the United Nations headquarters in New York and reports on diplomacy, global elections and international development.

    Luke has spearheaded international coverage from 40 countries, relaying news to American audiences from Zika labs in Brazil, sprawling refugee camps in the Jordanian desert, military strategy rooms in Vietnam and the front lines of the Ukrainian revolution.

    A student of Eastern European and Russian history, Luke has traveled extensively across the former Soviet Union and frequently reports on Russian politics. Luke was among the first reporters to identify the political importance of the Crimean Peninsula during the 2014 Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine, and he reported from the port city of Sevastopol weeks before it became the focus of global attention.

    Luke got his start in journalism in high school, covering the 2008 presidential election in New Hampshire. His blogging coverage attracted the attention of local and national media outlets, and he began to make regular radio and television appearances from hundreds of campaign events around the country. Luke's  photography has been published by The New Yorker, CNN, Al-Jazeera and the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Luke continues to cover American elections and America's global place in the world.

    Luke is a frequent guest on the BBC, South African Broadcasting Company, CBS TV affiliates and radio stations around the world. Born in Boston, he currently lives in New Jersey and enjoys mountain biking, gardening and designing board games.

    President Trump shakes hands with Colombian President Ivan Duque after a U.N. meeting on addressing the global drug crisis. September 24, 2018. UN Photo/Mark Garten
    The US is increasingly reliant on international support to contain Iran and North Korea, even as the Trump Administration pulls out of major UN agreements.

    A new U.S. anti-drug plan swings momentum back to prohibitionist policies after countries signaled an embrace of alternate approaches at a key 2016 summit.

    After three days of talks with South Korea's president, North Korea is refusing to take further steps toward denuclearization unless the U.S. acts first.

    An Australian human rights group says the country's punitive refugee relocation policies are driving detained children to suicide.

    By undercutting international sanctions, the US says Russia is decreasing the chances of persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

    Kim Jong Un hosts his South Korean counterpart in Pyongyang as China and Russia lose confidence in America's 'maximum pressure' strategy.

    A new report urges President Trump to clear bureaucratic hurdles that are bogging down the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

    In his final State of the E.U. speech, Jean-Claude Juncker told European countries that traditional allies aren't interested in helping solve the continent's problems.

    A new report by The Guardian uncovers more than 100 instances in which Russian social media trolls were quoted by major international news outlets.

    With rescue boats unable to dock in Italy, EU countries are negotiating resettlements on a case-by-case basis, a system campaigners say is unsustainable.