It takes the country off the list of worst human rights offenders but still notes serious concerns.
Readers write about the politics of the Olympics, peace in the Middle East, the Air Force budget, and 'facts' in memoirs.
In his 15 months as UN secretary-general, he has insisted that the UN come to embody two qualities not always associated with it: efficiency and responsiveness.
Laura Bush's campaign for a global boycott is being undone by China's appetite for Olympic souvenirs made of Burmese jade.
He has inspired thousands to take action against inhumanity in the 3-1/2 years since founding Jewish World Watch.
The oil-rich region of Abyei could become the next flash point between Arab and African Sudanese.
Keen not to taint Olympics, and under pressure from West, Beijing sends envoy to Khartoum with strong words.