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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Rivals Hamas and Fatah made a new attempt Wednesday to overcome the Palestinians' political split, saying they would seek to form an interim unity government within five weeks, followed by general elections by December at the earliest.
Two US astronauts stepped out on a brief spacewalk Wednesday to install a backup computer at the International Space Station after one failed earlier this month. Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson climbed out of the space station without incident starting at 9:56 am (1356 GMT), about a half hour behind schedule. The spacewalk was expected to last 2.5 hours. NASA said the broken model provides commands to certain space station systems, including the external cooling system, solar alpha rotary joints and mobile transporter rail car.