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Luke Vargas

Luke Vargas is the Talk Media News U.N. bureau chief where he reports on diplomacy, global elections and international development. Luke spearheaded international coverage from more than 30 countries, reporting from Zika labs in Brazil, 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. He 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. His political photography has been published by The New Yorker, CNN, Al-Jazeera and the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Mr. Vargas is a frequent guest on the BBC, South African Broadcasting Company, CBS TV affiliates and radio stations around the world.

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi briefs the Security Council on November 2nd, 2017. UN Photo/Manuel Elias
The U.S. is the only country not bound by a treaty limiting the detention of children, but remains bound by other international legal obligations.

Hours after the prime ministers of Greece and Macedonia agreed to a resolution of a decades-old "name issue," parliamentarians on both sides are pushing back.

Take President Trump at his word and the U.S. and North Korea reached two agreements in Singapore on Tuesday. One on paper, and one in his mind.

Kim Jong Un cracked a visible smile when President Trump predicted the two countries 'we will have a terrific relationship' after talks in Singapore.

Does Trump expect too much from his meeting with Kim Jong Un? What does Kim really want? Three experts help us answer these and other questions swirling around Singapore.

Top U.S. officials believe security guarantees could convince North Korea to do the very thing it's long feared: surrendering its nuclear program

A year after the announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change, one Indiana mayor says sticking with the deal is common sense.

The Secretary of State said it wasn't in North Korea or America's interest to send President Trump and Kim Jong Un to Singapore unless there's high likelihood of agreeing to a nuclear deal.

A graphic circulated by the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in Geneva featuring U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood.
The top representative of the U.S. to the U.N. Conference of Disarmament called Syria's chairmanship a 'travesty' given the Assad government's use of chemical weapons.

Anahit Shirinyan and Richard Giragosian say that while Armenia's recent revolution lacked clear Russia vs. the West overtones, post-revolution success could have broad implications.