IT is the stuff of many a horror tale in South-East Asia and East Asia – a woman in white, wandering down the middle of a highway in the deep of night, sending shivers up the spine of lone motorists.

Well, she has finally been caught!

Or perhaps not: A woman in a white flowing robe in China’s Hainan province, who has startled many road users at night, has finally been arrested by the police, China Press reported.

She had caused a stir online after she was caught on the dashcam footage of many motorists.

The woman was spotted walking alone in the middle of the road, dressed in white.

Many Internet users speculated that she was pulling a prank on unsuspecting road users to generate online content.

Subsequently, she was arrested for breaking Covid-19 protocols when she was found attempting to trespass into another village.

The woman was later found to be suffering from a mental illness.

> A survey by Sin Chew Daily found that prices of local fruit had gone up.

For example, the cost of papaya and guava went up by 40%, banana (10%), and pineapple (30%).

Operators blamed climate change and a lack of farmhands due to Covid-19.

Perak Fruit Farmers Association president Lin Bao Guang said many banana orchard owners had to scale down operations as they could not hire enough workers.

> Chinese superstar Zhang Ziyi has turned down a role in a movie by acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola, China Press reported.

She said that she was initially excited to have a part in Coppola’s Megalopolis, a project he had been working on since the 1980s.

The actress, famed for her role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, even held video calls with Coppola.

However, Zhang decided to say no after reading the script.

She said she regretted not being able to work with Coppola of The Godfather fame, but added that giving up the role was the right choice as it would open her to more “worthy” roles in the future.

The stars of Megalopolis include Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne and Jon Voight.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ‘ >’sign, it denotes a separate news item.