We show that in the standard model the parametrically leading (by a factor 1/αs) contribution to the inclusive CP asymmetry in B̄→Xs,dγ decays arises from a long-distance effect in the interference of the electromagnetic dipole amplitude with the amplitude for an up-quark penguin transition accompanied by soft gluon emission. Using model estimates for the associated hadronic parameter Λ17u, we predict a value in the range -0.6%<AXsγSM<2.8%. In view of current experimental data, a future precision measurement of the flavor-averaged CP asymmetry would signal the presence of new physics only if a value below -2% was found. A cleaner probe of new physics is offered by the difference of the CP asymmetries in charged versus neutral B̄→Xsγ decays.
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