SHOWDOWN

Australian Labor Leaders Face Off

Following Kevin Rudd's resignation as foreign minister of Australia's Labor Party, a showdown is expected between him and the prime minister, Julia Gillard. Rudd, who announced his resignation early Wednesday morning during a visit to Washington, said he had stepped down because Gillard had failed to "repudiate" attacks by his colleagues, adding that he didn't support Gillard's run for reelection in 2013. Now it appears as though Rudd himself is planning to run for leadership against opposition leader Tony Abbott, though he won't announce the decision until he returns to Australia.