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    Luke Vargas

    Chief Foreign Correspondent

    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.

    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.

    As the cost to manufacture solar panels keeps falling, analysts predict the world could double renewable energy generation by 2023.

    The US hopes to tempt countries away from blindly accepting Chinese infrastructure investment by emphasizing transparency in American business dealings.

    Just 13 percent of the world's oceans are untouched by intense human impact like ocean acidification, pollution run-off, shipping, fishing or oil extraction.

    Three experts explain why Iran distrusts the U.S. and is primarily focused on maintaining relations with countries still party to the 2015 nuclear deal.

    European leaders want President Trump to undo steel and aluminum tariffs against the E.U. as a sign the E.U.-U.S. trade relationship is back on track.

    UNITED NATIONS – Health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have declared an end to an Ebola outbreak that began in the...