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Scandal, gaffes mar ex-UN chief's return to Korea

Brother tangled in graft case, while he is seen as being out of touch

Mr Ban dressed in full protective gear to try out a disinfectant spray when most of those around him wore ordinary clothes. He was also criticised for picking up a bottle of Evian mineral water from a convenience store before being told by an aide he should buy a local product.


IT has been an inauspicious return to crisis-plagued South Korea for former UN chief Ban Ki-moon, once the odds-on favourite to be the next president, who has been ensnared in a family corruption scandal and struggled with a sceptical press.

Mr Ban, 72, has been unable to...

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