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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.

Few people in Mexico described Trump’s election in positive terms, but his rise to power could be the jumpstart Mexico needed to reevaluate trade relations, modernize its economy and improve public services.

The president said his actions would put miners back to work and increase domestic production of coal, oil and natural gas.

Ambassador Nikki Haley announces a boycott by more than 30 countries of a U.N. session to draft a nuclear weapons ban. March 27, 2017. UN Photo/Mark Garten
"There is nothing I want more for my family than a world without nuclear weapons," the US Ambassador said, "but we have to be realistic."

The consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers released a report Friday predicting that within 15 years, close to 40 percent of U.S. jobs could be lost to automation.

Following a terrorist attack on Parliament, the UK Foreign Secretary called on social media networks to do more to limit the reach of extremist content.

Faced with hostile rhetoric from the United States, Mexican voters want politicians to "put it all on the table" in negotiations with President Trump.

The DHS statement said "electronic devices larger than a cell phone/smart phone will not be allowed."

A view of the Human Rights Council Chamber, in Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
"It does not serve the interests of the Council to single out one country in an unbalanced matter," State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said.

The growing consensus in Mexico is that a U.S. retreat from Mexico, no matter how incremental, only spells bad news.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. March 16, 2017. Photo: USUN/Don Conahan
Rights groups condemn the U.S. for inviting a member of an anti-gay hate group to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meetings in New York.