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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.

    The world's 16,000 desalination plants are producing high amounts of brine that threaten to deplete certain underwater environments of oxygen.

    A parliamentary rejection of Theresa May's Brexit deal adds little clarity about what comes next as the Brexit deadline draws nearer.

    Without more international support, an influx of Venezuelans into Colombia could put migrants in danger or provoke blowback from local communities.

    It's been nearly a month since mass demonstrations broke out against Sudan. That movement isn't showing signs of weakening.

    Pompeo blamed President Obama for setting policy around the interests of individual Muslims, saying it "undermined the concept of the nation state."

    Momentum is slowly building in the British parliament to a hold a second Brexit referendum. But carried out poorly, that might just make things worse.

    Two days of U.S.-China trade talks have proved surprisingly productive, fueling hopes the countries can reach a deal to avert punishing new tariffs.

    60+ countries now have border walls, and more than half of those erected since World War II were built since the year 2000.

    Instead of asking Turkey to guarantee US interests when we're gone, the US could push its Syrian allies to make nice with President Assad.

    Experts say the American delegation heading to Beijing remains at odds over what a 'victory' in the ongoing trade war would look like.