While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 15 edition

Window washers describe 'panic' of dangling 69 floors above New York

Two window washers who dangled from a broken scaffold 69 floors above the ground at One World Trade Center said on Friday their emotions ranged from terror to resolved calm while they awaited rescue and the rest of New York held its breath.

Two days after the harrowing accident at the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, one of the pair, Juan Lopez, 33, said the scare has convinced him to end his days of high-altitude work - at least for now.

"There's a lot of options for window cleaning - a lot of ground floor jobs," he said.

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Thousands in fresh Mexico protest over student massacre

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Mexico on Friday to demand justice for 43 students feared to have been massacred by drug-gang hitmen working in cahoots with corrupt police.

Demonstrators wielding sticks, pipes and riot shields stolen from police marched through Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero, the crime-plagued state where the students vanished in September.

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Comet probe in race against time

Robot lab Philae drilled into its host comet on Friday with just hours of battery left, but may lose power before it can transmit results of a much-anticipated attempt to probe below the surface, mission scientists said.

Charged with 60 hours of onboard power, the lander bounced twice after initial touchdown Wednesday, settling at an angle in a crevice in an unknown location, shadowed from sunlight that could potentially have extended its battery life.

With its energy supply fast winding down, lander manager Stephan Ulamec said the drill was "started" on Friday, but contact between Philae and its orbiting mothership Rosetta was lost soon thereafter.

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Prince William and Kate to make maiden trip to New York

Prince William and his wife Kate will travel to New York for the first time next month for a mix of charity events, business meetings and parties, as well as a visit to the World Trade Center memorial.

The trip will be the first time that Kate travels abroad since the announcement that she was pregnant with the couple's second son, who will be fourth in line to the throne after toddler Prince George.

Neither royal has ever been to New York and Prince William will also be going to Washington, DC, on a solo daytrip.

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Tennis: Djokovic seals year-end top spot, makes semi-finals

Novak Djokovic was at his imperious best as he sealed the year-end world number one spot and advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals with a 6-2, 6-2 thrashing of Tomas Berdych on Friday.

Djokovic finishes on top of the rankings for the third time in four seasons and is only the seventh player to hold first place at the end of the calender year on at least three occasions.

The Serb's third successive victory at the prestigious season-ending event at London's O2 Arena ensured he won Group A and will face Japan's Kei Nishikori in Saturday's semi-finals.

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