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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.

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled a ban on assault rifles, semi-automatic weapons and large magazines on Thursday.

    European Council President Donald Tusk says he'd back a short Brexit delay on the condition British lawmakers quickly agree on a Brexit deal.

    “Entire villages outside are under water. It looks like an inland ocean. It’s a very apocalyptic scene.”

    The Crimean Peninsula is effectively part of Russia now, but international legal experts say history shows how that could change.

    “Even though the numbers are down, the 2015 and 2016 crisis has really had a scarring effect on the way that the E.U. thinks about migration.”

    Wednesday's vote was just the latest defeat for Prime Minister Theresa May as she tries to delivery an orderly E.U. exit by month's end.

    Secretary of State Pompeo's comments that diplomats had 'become a constraint on US policy” sparked concerns the US is mulling military action in Venezuela

    Sunday's crash outside of Addis Ababa follows another deadly accident involving the top-selling jet in Indonesia last October.

    Italy's new right-wing government appears poised to ignore E.U. and American concerns by joining China's massive 'Belt Road Initiative' infrastructure project.

    Massive anti-government protest movements in Algeria and Sudan share similarities with demonstrations during the Arab Spring of 2010 and 2011.