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Two US astronauts on Sunday stepped out on the third spacewalk to prepare the International Space Station for the arrival of more commercial spacecraft in the coming years. Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts began the spacewalk at 6:52 am (1152 GMT). During the six hour, 45 minute outing, they plan to set up antennas and communications equipment so that future crews launching from Florida on US commercial spacecraft will be able to park at the space station, NASA said. The spacewalk is the third in eight days for NASA, and is the 187th in the history of the space station.
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi accused his predecessor on Sunday of conspiring with Iran to scuttle a 2011 deal backed by Gulf states to transfer power to him in cooperation with the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi group. Hadi, who assumed office in 2012 after Ali Abdullah Saleh resigned following months of protests against his 33-year rule, fled to the southern port city of Aden last month after the Houthis battled their way to the presidential palace. He told tribal leaders, heads of political parties and other figures at a meeting in Aden that Saleh, who heads the General People's Congress party, the biggest bloc in parliament, had sent a parliamentary delegation to Iran to coordinate efforts to undermine the power transfer deal.