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    Luke Vargas

    Chief Foreign Correspondent

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    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.

    From condemning China’s treatment of Muslim minorities to probing the gory details of the drug war in the Philippines, the Geneva-based council is making headlines this month.

    'Maybe a decade ago, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb was essentially the only terrorist organization operating in the Sahel. Now there's at least 10.'

    Several hundred French and British troops won't be enough to cover the loss of soldiers as a part of a planned US withdrawal.

    'It’s a migrant crisis compiled and made worse by a weapon proliferation crisis that’s growing worse and worse.'

    Iran contends European countries broke the deal first by failing to give Iran the economic benefits it deserved for accepting limits on its nuclear program.

    Expected emissions from the world’s energy and transport infrastructure are enough to overshoot the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

    The treaty states that workplace harassment 'can constitute a human rights violation' and is an unacceptable threat to equal opportunity.

    The US is threatening a dramatic cut in the number of skilled Indian workers granted U.S. work visas unless India drops a new data localization law.

    President Trump's UN ambassador nominee says the U.S. can still be a global leader, even if it withdraws from key treaties and UN bodies.

    Parties to the Iran nuclear deal had choice words for both the U.S. and Iran week as tensions between the countries continues to mount.