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Luke Vargas

Luke Vargas is the Talk Media News U.N. bureau chief and reports on diplomacy, global elections and international development. Luke has spearheaded international coverage from more than 30 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. His political 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.

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray at the United Nations. September 21, 2017. Photo: Luke Vargas/Talk Media News
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray praised the assistance of the United Nations in the wake of Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake.

President Trump said banks and other companies would be forced to make a choice between doing business with North Korea or the United States.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses the U.N. General Assembly. September 20, 2017. UN Photo/Cia Pak
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the U.N. that North Korea will use dialogue to buy more time to develop its nuclear weapons program.

President Jimmy Morales used his U.N. General Assembly Speech to ask the U.S. Congress to grant legal status to DREAMers.

Trump downplayed the value of collective problem-solving, arguing instead for countries to look after their own interests.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks to the press on February 1, 2017. Photo: Luke Vargas/TMN
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the General Assembly that he's pained to see leaders "stoke resentment in search of electoral gain."

President Trump paid his first visit to the United Nations and praised the organization for beginning a complex reform process.

The UN says some 400,000 people have fled a violent military campaign Asian nation of Myanmar in recent weeks, with most seeking shelter in neighboring Bangladesh.

Despite two reports confirming Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal, President Trump is reportedly eager to find Iran in violation of the agreement.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres speaks to journalists at a press encounter. August 16, 2017. UN Photo/Mark Garten
Even one of Trump's early admirers, British Prime Minister Theresa May, said there was "no equivalence" between fascists and anti-fascists.