The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced Monday a set of countermeasures to stop a highly pathogenic bird flu strain that is spreading toward the capital at an unprecedented pace.
* countermeasure: 보호조치, 방지대책. (measure: 조치, counter- 반대, 맞서는) * pathogenic: 고병원성 (pathogen: 병원체. 흔히 같이 쓰이는 단어: contagious, infectious) * unprecedented: 전례없는 (precendent: 전례; set a precedent: 전례를 만들다)
 The city’s Citizens Health Bureau said it has culled eight mandarin ducks at Seoul Grand Park in Gwacheon, just outside Seoul and banned at least 40 zookeepers from leaving the zoo for a week, as part of its preventive measures.
 Authorities sent feces of a total of 1,200 fowl collected inside the zoo to the National Institute of Environmental Research to check for the highly pathogenic H5N6 strain of the flu, officials said.
* fowl: 가금류 (<-> foul: 고약하다, 상스러운, 반칙인; "foul play") * strain: 형태, 바이러스 종류
 The park was temporarily closed since Saturday after it found two dead storks on consecutive days.
 Saturday’s announcement of six new duty-free licenses in South Korea brought a sense of closure to heated competition, yet simultaneously amplified ongoing debates on the efficacy of the current licensing process on duty-free operations.
 The Korea Customs Service gave three highly-coveted duty-free licenses to conglomerates in Seoul, bringing the total number of duty free shops in the capital to 13.
* coveted: 탐내는, covet
 The golden tickets went to Shinsegae DF, Hyundai Department Store and Lotte Duty Free, after a long and exhaustive fight filled with flashy plans for drawing in tourists and massive pledges to invest in the surrounding community. However, the race was not without controversy -- there were allegations that some companies attempted to pull strings to win back the license.
* golden ticket: 귀하고 얻기 어려운 것 * exhaustive: 빠짐없이, 모든 것을 소진하는 (tired=exhaust) * flashy: 화려한 * pull strings: 영향력을 행사하다 (주로 인맥)