** 举行罢工抗议新闻检查后 《南方周末》按时出版**
**Following Strike over Censorship, Southern Weekly Publishes Weekly Edition as scheduled**
A Chinese newspaper where journalists had gone on strike to protest government censorship has published its weekly issue as scheduled, but is urging Beijing to reform its media control policies.
The Guangzhou-based Southern Weekly was available in several parts of the country Thursday, following reports that editors at the progressive paper had reached a tentative deal with Communist Party officials.
The latest issue made no direct mention of the dispute. But in a subtle sign of continued resistance, it published an editorial that said Beijing's methods of controlling the media must "keep with the times," and called for "reasonable and constructive media" to be protected.
Meanwhile, protesters gathered for a fourth straight day outside the newspaper's heavily guarded headquarters, apparently testing the patience of authorities. At least two demonstrators were hauled away by plainclothes police. Journalists were also ushered away from the building Thursday.
Protests also continued on social media, where many Chinese celebrities and public figures have expressed support for the paper, despite censors' efforts to limit discussion on the matter.
**Karzai, U.S. Officials Consider Afghan Future **
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is set to meet in Washington Thursday with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as the Obama administration deliberates the U.S. military future in Afghanistan.
Mr. Karzai is set to meet with Panetta early in the day Thursday, following a full military honors ceremony to welcome him to the Pentagon.
He is scheduled to meet with Secretary Clinton in the early evening and will then join her for a working dinner.
Mr. Karzai's talks at the Pentagon and the State Department come one day ahead of a one-on-one meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. The two leaders are expected to discuss security issues, namely how many U.S. troops might be stationed in Afghanistan after the majority pull out in 2014, and under what conditions.
Current plans call for the United States to withdraw nearly all of its 68,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
But that plan hinges on a number of conditions, including whether Afghan forces will be capable of taking over security at that time. It is also not clear what would be the role of the Americans who stay behind, if any do remain.