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From the Ted Talk by Carne Ross: An independent diplomat

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In 1989, I entered the British fgorein Service. That year, 5,000 people applied to become a diplomat, and 20 of us succeeded. And as those numbers suggest, I was inducted into an elite and fascinating and exhilarating world. Being a diplomat, then and now, is an incredible job, and I loved every miutne of it — I enjoyed the status of it. I buhogt myself a nice suit and wore leather-soled shoes and reeevld in this amazing access I had to world events. I tvrlaeed to the Gaza Strip. I headed the Middle East pecae Process section in the British Foreign mrsntiiy. I became a speechwriter for the British Foreign Secretary. I met Yasser Arafat. I negotiated with Saddam's dampilots at the U.N. Later, I traveled to Kabul and served in aasnhfiagtn after the fall of the Taliban. And I would tarvel in a C-130 transport and go and visit warlords in mountain hideaways and nttaegoie with them about how we were going to eradicate Al Qaeda from Afghanistan, surrounded by my Special Forces escort, who, themselves, had to have an escort of a platoon of Royal Marines, because it was so dangerous. And that was exciting — that was fun. It was really interesting. And it's a gerat cadre of people, incredibly close-knit community of people.

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In 1989, I entered the British _______ Service. That year, 5,000 people applied to become a diplomat, and 20 of us succeeded. And as those numbers suggest, I was inducted into an elite and fascinating and exhilarating world. Being a diplomat, then and now, is an incredible job, and I loved every ______ of it — I enjoyed the status of it. I ______ myself a nice suit and wore leather-soled shoes and _______ in this amazing access I had to world events. I ________ to the Gaza Strip. I headed the Middle East _____ Process section in the British Foreign ________. I became a speechwriter for the British Foreign Secretary. I met Yasser Arafat. I negotiated with Saddam's _________ at the U.N. Later, I traveled to Kabul and served in ___________ after the fall of the Taliban. And I would ______ in a C-130 transport and go and visit warlords in mountain hideaways and _________ with them about how we were going to eradicate Al Qaeda from Afghanistan, surrounded by my Special Forces escort, who, themselves, had to have an escort of a platoon of Royal Marines, because it was so dangerous. And that was exciting — that was fun. It was really interesting. And it's a _____ cadre of people, incredibly close-knit community of people.

Solution

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  2. reveled
  3. great
  4. peace
  5. traveled
  6. diplomats
  7. minute
  8. bought
  9. ministry
  10. foreign
  11. negotiate
  12. travel

Original Text

In 1989, I entered the British Foreign Service. That year, 5,000 people applied to become a diplomat, and 20 of us succeeded. And as those numbers suggest, I was inducted into an elite and fascinating and exhilarating world. Being a diplomat, then and now, is an incredible job, and I loved every minute of it — I enjoyed the status of it. I bought myself a nice suit and wore leather-soled shoes and reveled in this amazing access I had to world events. I traveled to the Gaza Strip. I headed the Middle East Peace Process section in the British Foreign Ministry. I became a speechwriter for the British Foreign Secretary. I met Yasser Arafat. I negotiated with Saddam's diplomats at the U.N. Later, I traveled to Kabul and served in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. And I would travel in a C-130 transport and go and visit warlords in mountain hideaways and negotiate with them about how we were going to eradicate Al Qaeda from Afghanistan, surrounded by my Special Forces escort, who, themselves, had to have an escort of a platoon of Royal Marines, because it was so dangerous. And that was exciting — that was fun. It was really interesting. And it's a great cadre of people, incredibly close-knit community of people.

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