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Luke Vargas

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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.

Venezuela is gripped by inflation, unemployment, curfews, rations and violence against protesters. Has the crisis reached a tipping point?

Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.N. Rafael Ramírez Carreño held up photos of acts of violence carried out by protesters in an effort to justify his government's crackdown on demonstrations. May 17, 2017. Courtesy: UNTV
"Yes we have a problem, but this is an internal issue, a domestic issue," Venezuela's U.N. Ambassador told the press after the historic meeting.

NATO officials have reportedly asked attendees of an upcoming summit to keep their remarks short, fearing President Trump will lose focus if they drag on.

Three French LGBT rights groups ask the International Criminal Court to investigate reports of an anti-gay "genocide" in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

With solar and wind power increasingly competitive with fossil fuels, how could zero-carbon energy change America and the world?

Xi Jinping promises France's new president that he'll guard the global climate treaty, and President Trump escalate the wars in Syria and Afghanistan.

Years of low oil prices spells ruin for some, but opportunity for others. How is cheap oil affecting life in America? What does it mean for the future?

The U.S. operates nearly 800 military bases around the world. What are the intended and unintended consequences of these deployments?