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Calling his defeated opponent "a very considerable public servant," London's Conservative new mayor was sworn in Saturday, ending eight years of controversial rule by leftist Ken Livingstone. Boris Johnson's victory in last week's election capped the worst outcome at the polls for the ruling Labour Party in 40 years. Reflecting on the defeat, Prime Minister Gordon Brown told the BBC, "I feel responsible." But he said he did not expect any challenges to his leadership from within Labour's ranks.

Representatives of the Dalai Lama and China's Communist Party opened fence-mending talks Sunday, apparently in the southern city of Shenzen. There were no early details on their discussions, the first since violent antigovernment protests in Tibet in March. President Hu Jintao told reporters he hoped for a "positive outcome." Still, his government kept up its criticism of the exiled Buddhist leader, calling him "a loyal tool of international anti-Chinese forces."


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