BRITAIN . . . MAJOR ALLY QUITS

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A day after British Prime Minister John Major shocked the country by quitting as Conservative Party leader, Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd -- one of Major's closest allies -- tendered his resignation. Though Hurd had planned to retire this summer, officials said he had been reluctant to leave until Major was able to ward off threats from Tory rebels opposed to economic integration with Europe. Without Hurd, one of the anti-Europe faction's chief targets, Major will now be able to reshuffle his Cabinet at the July 4 leadership contest on which his own future rides.