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Chinese official revealed as playing key role in mass detentions of Uighur Muslims

An official in China, who has played a key role in planning and executing a campaign that has swept up a million or more Uighur Muslims into detention camps, has been named, according to a report.

The Associated Press reported that newly revealed, confidential documents exposed Zhu Hailun, a Han Chinese official fluent in Uighur, the language of the local Turkic Muslim minority, as a brain behind the scenes.

Zhu, then the head of the powerful Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party in the Xinjiang region, signed the documents published in 2017, the AP reported. A Uighur linguist recognized Zhu’s signature written on the top of some of the documents from his time working as a translator in Kashgar, when Zhu was the city’s top official.

“When I saw them, I knew they were important,” said the linguist, Abduweli Ayup, who now lives in exile. “He’s a guy who wants to control power in his hands. Everything.”

Ayup reportedly met Zhu in 1998, when he came to inspect his township. He was notorious for ordering 3 a.m. raids of Uighur homes, and farmers would sing a popular folk song called “Zhu Hailun is coming” to poke fun at his hard and unyielding nature.

“He gave orders like farmers were soldiers. All of us were his soldiers,” Ayup said. “Han Chinese controlled our homeland. We knew we needed to stay in our place.”

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Zhu was born in 1958 in rural Jiangsu on China’s coast. In his teens, during China’s Cultural Revolution, Zhu was sent to Kargilik county, deep in the Uighur heartland in Xinjiang — and never left.

Zhu reportedly joined the Communist Party in 1980 and moved up Xinjiang’s bureaucracy, in charge of hotspot cities. By the ’90s, he was said to have been so fluent in Uighur that he corrected his own translators during meetings.

“If you didn’t see him, you’d never imagine he’s Han Chinese. When he spoke Uighur, he really spoke just like a Uighur, since he grew up with them,” a Uighur businessman living in exile in Turkey, who declined to be named out of fear of retribution, told The Associated Press.

The businessman said he first heard of Zhu from a Uighur friend who dealt with the official while doing business. His friend was impressed, describing Zhu as “very capable” — a Han Chinese bureaucrat with whom the Uighurs could work. But, after years of observing Zhu oversee crackdowns and arrests, the businessman said he soon came to a different conclusion.

“He’s a crafty fox. The really cunning sort, the kind that plays with your brain,” he said. “He was a key character for the Communist Party’s policies to control Southern Xinjiang.”

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This screenshot taken from the Xinjiang Legal News Network website shows the former head of the Xinjiang Communist Party Political and Legal Affairs Commission, Zhu Hailun, giving a speech at a work conference in Urumqi, China on February 2, 2017.  (AP Photo)

A 2009 riot in Xinjiang began the downward spiral.

Police swept through Uighur neighborhoods, brandishing rifles and rounding up hundreds for trial. Tens of thousands of surveillance cameras were installed.

Appointed head of the region’s security and legal apparatus in 2016, Zhu laid the groundwork for an all-seeing state surveillance system that automatically could identify targets for arrest. He crisscrossed the region to inspect internment centers, police stations, checkpoints and other components of an emerging surveillance and detention apparatus.

Uighurs began disappearing by the thousands. The leaked documents showed that Zhu directed mass arrests, signing off on notices ordering police to use digital surveillance to investigate people for having visited foreign countries, using certain mobile applications, or being related to “suspicious persons.”

State television shows that Zhu continued on his relentless tour of Xinjiang’s camps, checkpoints and police stations, personally guiding the mass-detention campaign.

Zhu stepped down last year after turning 60. He did not respond to repeated requests for comment from the AP.

Activists and human rights groups have liked the “reeducation centers” to concentration camps, while China’s government insisted the detention sites were “vocation” centers aimed at training and skills development.

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China and Western nations clashed at the U.N. human rights committee over claims that Beijing systematically was oppressing Muslims last month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Florida man arrested in girlfriend’s murder after body found in car trunk, police say

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A man in Florida has been arrested for allegedly murdering his girlfriend after her body turned up in the trunk of a car, police said.

Warren Brown, 57, was arrested on Saturday and has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Sophie Solis, 43, St. Petersburg police said.

He also has been charged with assault and aggravated domestic battery, according to court records.

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Detectives said Solis had not been seen since Wednesday so a concerned friend went to Solis’ St. Petersburg home to check on her, Fox 13 reported. The next day the friend found Solis’ body in the trunk of Brown’s car parked in the driveway of the home, police said.

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Investigators said they also found photos of the couple and bloody clothes in the trunk, the television station reported.

Solis had been stabbed, police added.

The couple had a history of domestic-violence issues, investigators said.

In fact, according to court records, Brown has served time in the Pinellas County Jail several times before, mostly for domestic-related offenses.

Officers have been called to the home 17 times in 2019, almost entirely for domestic issues involving Solis and Brown, the television station reported, adding that the couple had taken out restraining orders against each other.

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Earlier this month, police reportedly arrested Brown for cutting Solis with a knife, but the charges were dropped after she declined to proceed with the case.

One day before Solis’ body was found, a neighbor called police because Brown was making suicidal comments, the station reported, citing investigators.

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Lee Zeldin on impeachment: ‘Adam Schiff really does think that many Americans are idiots’

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is treating the American public like “idiots” by relying on hearsay and circumstantial evidence to impeach President Trump, Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., said Sunday on “America’s News Headquarters.”

“The people who are pushing for impeachment have been pushing for impeachment since Donald Trump was elected — since he was getting sworn into office,” Zeldin told Fox News’ Eric Shawn. “Adam Schiff really does think that many Americans are idiots.

“If you remember March 22nd, 2017, he goes on another network, and he says that he has more than circumstantial evidence that President Trump colluded with the Russians. This is evidence that he hasn’t yet produced, [that] I haven’t seen, [former Special Counsel Robert] Mueller couldn’t find,” he continued. “He made up what he called a parody version of the [July 25] call transcript, but he only said that after he got called out.”

Schiff had attempted to clarify in September, “Of course, the president never said, ‘If you don’t understand me, I’m going to say it seven more times.’ My point is, that’s the message that the Ukraine president was receiving in not so many words.”

Zeldin also challenged Schiff for failing to disclose that his congressional team met in private with the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry. The Republican also said the facts of the case remained on the president’s side.

“It turns out that [Schiff’s] team was in contact with the whistleblower before this person had even filed the whistleblower complaint or had even hired an attorney,” he said.

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“He’s made claims during his opening statements and his closing statements — trying to write the world’s greatest parody… trying to connect dots that aren’t actually connected,” Zeldin added.

“He’ll say something’s a firsthand truth that shouldn’t be doubted and then you dig deeper and you realize it’s actually Ambassador [William] Taylor telling us that, Tim Morrison told him that [Amb. Gordon] Sondland told Morrison — the president told Sondland, give me a break… The facts are on the president’s side.”

He also said Congress should be passing the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, “but instead, he is trying to pay off the people who put the gavel in his hand.”

Schiff commented on the Democrats’ impeachment push during an interview earlier Sunday with CNN’s “State of the Union,” and said despite an “ironclad” case against the president, he couldn’t say if his party will impeach Trump or not.

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“If the facts aren’t contested and your committee is writing up the report and you don’t, at least as of now, have any scheduled witnesses or depositions — do you think President Trump should be impeached?” host Jake Tapper asked.

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“I want to discuss this with my constituents and my colleagues before I make a final judgment on it,” Schiff replied. “But, there are a couple of really important things we need to think about.”

Fox News’ Eric Shawn contributed to this report.

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More than 100 Dems send Pompeo letter strongly opposing Israeli settlement policy shift

More than 100 Democrats sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday rebuking the State Department’s decision to stop considering Israeli settlements a violation of international law.

Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., wrote the letter to Pompeo on Thursday “strongly” urging him “to reverse this policy decision immediately.”

The letter, which expressed “strong disagreement” with the State Department’s policy shift, was signed by 107 of the 233 Democrats in the House, including Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

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Only seven of the 23 Jewish lawmakers signed the letter, The Jerusalem Post noted.

The letter read, “In ignoring international law, this administration has undermined America’s moral standing and sent a dangerous message to those who do not share our values: human rights and international law, which have governed the international order and protected U.S. troops and civilians since 1949, no longer apply.”

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Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday “strongly” urging him “to reverse this policy decision immediately.” (Getty/AP, File)

Levin, who is Jewish, said he recently visited Israel and the West Bank and returned from his trip with confidence that a two-state solution was within reach.

Pompeo’s announcement Monday that the U.S. government would ease its stance on Israeli settlements was the latest move by the Trump administration to bolster Israel’s position and undermine Palestinian claims regarding land sought for a future state.

The administration essentially rejected a 1978 State Department legal opinion holding that civilian settlements in the occupied territories were “inconsistent with international law.” Pompeo also said the White House was reversing an Obama administration directive that allowed the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution declaring the settlements a “flagrant violation” of international law.

Trump already broke with his predecessors by deciding earlier to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moving the U.S. Embassy to that city and closing the Palestinian diplomatic office in Washington.

Levin’s letter charged that the changes, along with the halting of aid Congress had appropriated to the West Bank and Gaza earlier this year, has “discredited” the U.S. “as an honest broker between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.” He also said it “severely damaged prospects for peace, and endangered the security of America, Israel and the Palestinian people.”

The State Department did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

While the new announcement received praise from Israeli officials, including Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who called it “historic,” much of the international community did not take the news favorably.

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In a statement sent to Fox News last week, Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini said, “The EU will continue to support a resumption of a meaningful process towards a negotiated two-state solution, the only realistic and viable way to fulfill the legitimate aspirations of both parties.”

Last week at a briefing on the Middle East, Security Council members decried the U.S. policy shift on Israeli settlements, calling them illegal and saying they undermined a potential two-state solution.

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On Friday, an annual gathering of thousands of Jewish people in the West Bank city of Hebron took on a special meaning, officials said. (IDF)

An annual gathering of thousands of Jewish people in the West Bank city of Hebron, which honored a biblical matriarch of the Jewish people buried in the city, took on a special meaning this year, settler leaders said of the Friday night event.

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Yishai Fleisher, the international spokesman for the Jewish community of Hebron, told Fox News, “We took time to honor President Trump and the administration and to be appreciative of that brave declaration of truth,” referencing Pompeo’s announcement last week.

Fleisher tweeted on Friday, “35,000 indigenous Jews make #pilgrimage to the Judean city of #Hebron and honor @realDonaldTrump & Administration for supporting our right to live in the ancestral homeland!!”

A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, condemned Pompeo’s announcement last week.

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“The U.S. administration has lost its credibility to play any future role in the peace process,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Katherine Schwarzenegger: Chris Pratt ‘thinks of kind ways to make the world a better place

Katherine Schwarzenegger is taking time ahead of Thanksgiving to open up about what she is thankful for.

The author, 29, who wed “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt, 40, in June, said she is thankful for her new husband.

“Coming up on Thanksgiving week and feeling so thankful and excited to be with my family and loved ones,” she wrote on Instagram on Saturday. “I know this week comes with a lot of mixed feelings for people about returning home, traveling and missing loved ones. Everyone needs a little extra love as they navigate their way through this time.”

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Katherine Schwarzenegger, left, and Chris Pratt married in June. (AP)

She suggested to her fans that each person “start thinking each day for something or someone you’re thankful for, and tell them.”

She continued: “Today, I am grateful for this bike ride with my wonderful husband and seeing the colors of the fall leaves. While we were riding our bikes, he said let’s give out real honest compliments to people we pass and see what happens.

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“This also reminded me how thankful I am to be married to someone who thinks of kind ways to make the world a better place,” Schwarzenegger concluded.

In May, Schwarzenegger told Fox News her relationship with Pratt is “amazing.”

“I think anyone who finds the person that they get to spend the rest of their life with… it’s a huge gift and a huge blessing, so I feel really lucky,” she shared.

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Georgia jail’s ‘Barracks’ aims to help incarcerated veterans with extra resources

A new housing unit within the Gwinnett County Jail in Georgia is aiming to provide military-veteran inmates with additional resources to help them transition back into society upon their release.

The 70-bed unit known as “The Barracks,” a specialized therapeutic program northeast of Atlanta, has aimed to give both violent and non-violent offenders a second chance at life.

Sheriff Butch Conway said the project was inspired by the belief that it could awaken the values learned through military service, according to a release by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

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A new housing unit within the Gwinnett County Jail is helping military-veteran inmates with additional resources to help them transition back into society upon their release.

“Our goal is to help reconnect these inmates to the time in their lives when they made better decisions, respected authority and obeyed the law. This program has the potential to greatly influence these inmates and help them lead more productive lives when they’re released from custody,” he said.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has affected 20 percent of Iraq veterans, 12 percent of gulf war veterans and 15 percent of Vietnam veterans in a given year, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Barracks has aimed to address the trauma associated with serving, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shannon Volkodav said.

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The 70-bed unit called “The Barracks” has aimed to give both violent and non-violent offenders a second chance at life. (Google Maps)

“The Barracks program provides classes to address [the] trauma associated with military service, drug abuse, and behavioral therapy,” Volkodav said. “The Barracks will maintain a regimented schedule which includes daily room inspections and military-style physical fitness training. Military veterans have previously demonstrated their ability to lead a life of discipline, respect authority and follow orders, which we believe will be instrumental to the program’s success.”

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Roughly seven percent of the 2.3 million people behind bars have served in the military, according to a paper titled “Barracks Behind Bars” which mirrored “The Barracks” and was sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections.

Its studies found 77 percent of incarcerated veterans received honorable discharges and were affected when transitioning back to civilian life.

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“By housing veterans together in an environment that inspires military culture, values, and a sense of brotherhood or sisterhood, these units are not only promoting safety improvements, but also restoration, healing, and growth in a way that may not have been possible via general population housing,” the paper concluded.

The release added that many of the staff members at Gwinnett County Jail have been veterans themselves while adding that it’s the only metro-Atlanta jail with a housing unit designed specifically for veterans.

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Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard did not have love at first sight

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It was not love at first sight for Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.

The “Good Place” actress said in a new interview that she met her future husband at a small dinner party where she was turned off by how he could not stop talking.

“I was like, ‘This guy can talk’,” she said in an interview airing on “Sunday Today,” per Page Six. “I didn’t know who he was. I was like, maybe one of the guys from ‘Jackass’ or something?… and then we left. There were no sparks whatsoever. None.”

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But it was at their second encounter that things began to change for Bell.

“Two weeks later we both met at a hockey game … started to flirt, left, and then a day after that I get a text that says, ‘Hi my name is Dax. I violated your privacy and got your number from [a mutual friend]. How do you feel about that?’”

And it was Shepard’s sense of humor that eventually won her over.

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“He knows what he’s doing,” she said. “He’s so bold and that was my kind of person. I was like, ‘OK, starting it off with a really good joke that makes me feel like butterflies.’”

She added, “I fell in love with him way before he fell in love with me.”

The couple started dating in 2007 and married in 2013. They share two daughters.

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Pink Taco founder Harry Morton found dead at 38, reports say

Harry Morton, the founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain, was found dead Saturday at the age of just 38, according to reports.

He turned up dead in his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., PEOPLE reported. A cause was unclear; the Beverly Hills Police Department said there was no evidence of foul play and an autopsy was pending.

He founded Pink Taco in 1999 when he was just 18, as TMZ reported.

His restaurant boasted locations across the nation, including in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Las Vegas; the original location opened in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas, PEOPLE said.

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Harry Morton, the founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain, reportedly was found dead in his Beverly Hills home at the age of 38. (John Shearer/WireImage, File)

Restaurants were the family business. His father, Peter Morton, co-founded Hard Rock Cafe and Hotels, and his grandfather, Arnie Morton, founded Morton’s The Steakhouse.

He previously owned the Viper Room nightclub in West Hollywood with Johnny Depp.

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PEOPLE reported he dated many famous women including Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston.

TMZ reported he was a volunteer sheriff’s deputy in and around L.A.; the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station honored him as a Reserve Detective of the Year.

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Prince Andrew’s Jeffrey Epstein woes are far from over despite stepping down from royal duties

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Prince Andrew‘s woes are far from over.

The British royal, who is Queen Elizabeth II’s son, is continuing to face many hurdles despite his decision to step down from royal duties because of his friendship with billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The 59-year-old prince is struggling to stay at the helm of his Pitch&Palace charity, with some British media reports indicating he has already stepped down

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Several of the charity’s corporate backers including Barclays have stopped supporting the project, which brings young entrepreneurs together with companies that can help put their ideas into practice.

Buckingham Palace says Pitch@Palace is in a period of transition and that the ties to the palace will be dropped. It may be known as Pitch in the future.

Andrew faces continued scrutiny that is expected to intensify when a BBC interview with his primary accuser is broadcast.

The broadcast with Virginia Roberts Giuffre is set for Dec. 2. She said she had sex with Andrew three times, starting when she was 17.

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Andrew has denied the accusation and said he doesn’t have any recollection of meeting her, despite a photograph showing him with his arm around her.

Giuffre said she was a victim of a sex trafficking scheme operated by Epstein, a billionaire financier who died in prison in August in what was ruled a suicide.

Many legal papers relating to the case remained sealed to the public.

Andrew’s troubles reached a crescendo after he tried to end speculation about the matter by giving a live TV interview one week ago in which he didn’t express concern for Epstein’s young victims and defended his relationship with the financier.

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The backlash was almost instantaneous and led to the extremely rare decision to remove him from a carefully cultivated royal role.

Queen Elizabeth II hasn’t commented in public on the scandal and showed her support for Andrew Friday by going horseback riding with him on the grounds of Windsor Castle within view of a photographer.

Some of the victims’ lawyers are calling for Andrew to voluntarily give evidence to U.S. officials or face a possible subpoena that could force him to testify under oath.

He hasn’t been publicly charged with any crime and it wasn’t clear if U.S. officials investigating Epstein want to question Andrew.

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Andrew has admitted he made a mistake by staying at the New York City home of Epstein after the financier had been convicted of sex offenses.

British media reported Saturday that Andrew and his family had also been guests at the home of a wealthy Canadian who had been accused by several women of sexual harassment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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South Korean K-pop star Goo Hara found dead at 28, police say

South Korean singer and actress Goo Hara has been found dead at her home in Seoul on Sunday, according to Gangnam police who are investigating the cause of death. She was 28.

Hara was internationally known for being a founding member of the K-Pop group Kara, which had a big following in South Korea, Japan, and other Asian countries. She also appeared on television and released a solo album, titled “Alohara,” which peaked at No. 4 in the country.

Her death came six months after her manager found her unconscious following a reported suicide attempt in her home, the South China Morning Post reported.

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Goo Hara, right, seen here in 2015, was found dead Sunday, police said. (Han Myung-Gu/WireImage, File)

The singer apologized for causing “concerns and a commotion” after the reported attempt in May and months later it seemed like she was making efforts in recovery — following a number of comeback performances last week, the BBC reported.

Hara signed with a Japanese management agency, Production Ogi, over the summer and released a song titled “Midnight Queen” earlier this month.

She was planning on touring the cities of Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka and Toyko to promote it, The New York Times reported.

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Her final post on Instagram was a photo of Hara under the covers in bed with the caption “Good night,” which was shared with her 1.6 million followers.

She was embroiled last year in public disputes with an ex-boyfriend who claimed she assaulted him. Hara accused the man of having threatened to circulate a sex video of her. The case made her the subject of tabloid fodder and malicious online messages.

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Police said an acquaintance found Goo Hara, seen here in 2012, dead at her home in southern Seoul on Sunday. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

In October, another K-pop star and actress, Sulli, was found dead at her home near Seoul. Hara said the two were “like sisters.”

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Sulli, 25, was known for her feminist voice and outspokenness that was rare in conservative South Korea. Before her death, she appeared in a TV show and spoke out against online backlash she received over her lifestyle.

The pop star was born in Gwangju on January 13, 1991. Her official fan website listed photography, reading, and exercise as her hobbies, while adding that driving was her specialty.

The Associated Press contributed to the report

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