Samsung says to halt sales, exchanges of Galaxy Note 7 globally

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A customer tries out a Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 at the company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (Copyright Reuters 2016)

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it will ask all global partners to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones as the firm investigates reports of more fire damages in replacement devices.

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Samsung, in a statement, asked all consumers using either an original or recalled Note 7 smartphone to power down and stop using their device.

(Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Chris Reese)