■ SocietyLi Ao has prostate surgery
TV talk-show star, author and former New Party presidential candidate Li Ao (李敖) underwent successful surgery for prostate cancer yesterday, his physician said. Dr. Chang Shu-jen (張澍人) told reporters that a can-cerous tumor was removed in a 90-minute surgery. The tumor was large but had not spread to other organs, he said. Clad in a blue bathrobe and his trademark sun-glasses after checking into the hospital on Monday, the 68-year-old Li told reporters, "For the sake of my big head, my little head will have to suffer."
More dysentery reported
The Center for Disease Control announced yester-day that 17 more cases of dysentery had been con-firmed among a group of Taiwanese who returned from Bali. The new cases raised the total to 42 from the 25 reported on Sunday. "Of the 1,294 travelers who returned from Bali on the [weekend], 24 displayed symptoms," said center deputy director Shih Wen-yi (施文儀). He said 47 people were waiting for lab results to see if they had contracted the disease. "If we are still unable to bring the situation under control, we will ask the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue a travel advisory against Bali," he said.
Conference starts Friday
The 2003 City-to-City Cul-tural Exchange Conference will begin Friday in Taipei, the Performing Art Alliance announced yesterday. About 50 policymakers, advocates and academics from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei will discuss relations between cultural business and tourism, a city's renovation and a city's image. The conference moves to Taichung for Sunday and Monday.