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Samsung to accelerate replacements of fire-prone Note 7 in U.S

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) said on Friday it will expedite new shipments of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones starting this week in response to a U.S. regulator's advisory to not charge or turn on the phone in flight due to faulty batteries.

The South Korean manufacturer last week recalled the Note 7 in 10 markets including the United States, saying the phones' batteries were prone to catch fire. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration late on Thursday said travelers should not charge the phones while in the air or stow them in checked luggage.

"We plan to expedite new shipments of Galaxy Note 7 starting from this week in order to alleviate any safety concerns and reduce any inconvenience for our customers," Samsung said in a statement in response to...