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22 Jan 2022, 02:05 GMT+10

SEOUL -- One person was confirmed dead and three others were injured in a fire that broke out at an automotive battery factory in South Korea's southern city, Yonhap news agency reported Friday.

The fire broke out at about 3:00 p.m. local time (0600 GMT) at the battery factory in Cheongju, some 140 km south of Seoul. (South Korea-Fire-Casualties)

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Friday issued an arrest warrant for 78 suspects, including active soldiers, over their alleged links to a network accused of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported.

The warrant was part of an investigation into the Gulen Movement's "structuring" in gendarmerie command, with 51 of the suspects already detained during the day. (Turkey-Arrest Warrant-Failed Coup)

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JAKARTA -- Four people died and 22 others were injured in a multiple-vehicle crash in Indonesia's Balikpapan city, East Kalimantan province, a police officer said Friday.

A container truck running on a downhill road on Friday morning hit vehicles that were queuing for a red traffic light in Muara Rapak area, Balikpapan, the National Police's spokesperson Inspector General Dedi Prasetyo said. (Indonesia-Road accident)

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Moscow's security proposals and the Ukrainian crisis with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in a telephone conversation on Friday.

The leaders exchanged views on European security in light of recent security talks between Russia and the United States in Geneva, meetings of the Russia-North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Council and the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Kremlin reported. (Russia-Finland-Putin-Niinisto)

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