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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.

The Cold War is over, but states with nuclear weapons remain very attached to their 15,000 warheads. Is it time to do away with those weapons or at least rethink nuclear weapons policy?

The UN’s top doc said it's the responsibility of governments to pursue universal health care, and that political will, not costs are holding back reform

Young girls line up at a feeding centre in Mogadishu, Somalia. March 9, 2017. UN Photo/Tobin Jones
At least 20 million people in four countries are on the brink of starvation, with another 80 million facing severe food insecurity. What is the world doing wrong?

As the US obsesses over trade deficits and protectionist tariffs, the rest of the world is pushing ahead with ambitious new free trade agreements.

Chinese troops deploy to the country's first overseas military base, Rex Tillerson tries shuttle diplomacy to ease the Qatar crisis, and a near miss at SFO.

President Trump's scheduled visit to the UK is postponed until 2018, and a South Korean lawmaker says North Korea's missile test was less than it appeared.

The Trump administration commits $639 million to address famine in four countries, and Ukraine seeks to speed up the NATO membership process.

The E.U. and Japan stole the headlines at the G20 summit on Thursday, showing off a brand new free trade deal that sizes up with NAFTA is scope and scale.

Protests greet diplomats at Hamburg G20 summit

Nikki Haley threatened North Korea with military force on Wednesday, but experts believe such a strategy is no more attractive now than it's ever been.