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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Seven fascinating global events you may have missed

Tallyta Torres and Ekaterina Malykhina of Brazil perform during the doubles category at the Miss Pole Dance South American 2013 competition in Buenos Aires November 25, 2013. Picture taken November 25, 2013.  REUTERS/Enrique  Marcarian (ARGENTINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
Tallyta Torres and Ekaterina Malykhina of Brazil perform during the doubles category at the Miss Pole Dance South American 2013

Of all the headlines that have hit the stands and screens last week, here are a few that might have escaped your attention.

1. Zombie Walk procession in Mexico City

Participants dance under a a rainbow flag as they attend the sixth Delhi Queer Pride parade, an event promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, in New Delhi November 24, 2013. Hundreds of participants on Saturday took part in a parade demanding freedom and safety of their community, according to a media release. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Participants dance under a a rainbow flag

The streets of Mexico City were filled with thousands dressed as frightening and ghoulish zombies as part of the city's seventh annual Zombie Walk.

2.   Delhi Queer Pride parade

In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 photo, Nirmala, center, is crowned Miss Wheelchair India beauty at the final of the contest in Mumbai, India. Fifteen disabled contestants took part in the event. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Nirmala, center, is crowned Miss Wheelchair India beauty at the final of the contest in Mumbai, India

Hundreds of participants attended the sixth Delhi Queer Pride parade, an event promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, in New Delhi. They demanded freedom and safety of their community.

3. Miss Wheelchair India

A total of 16 women from all across the India participated in the contest. The organisers hope the pageant will open doors for differently-abled women in the fields of modeling, film, and television.

A member of the transsexual community takes part in a demonstration to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Guatemala City, November 25, 2013. Organisers said around 696 women were killed in Guatemala so far in the year 2013 as a consequence of discrimination against women.
REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez (GUATEMALA - Tags: SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)
A member of the transsexual community takes part in a demonstration to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Guatemala City

4. Elimination of Violence against women

The transsexual community took part in a demonstration to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Guatemala City last week. Organisers said around 696 women were killed in Guatemala so far this year as a consequence of discrimination against women.

5. Christmas markets Berlin

People visit the illuminated Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin, November 25, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch      REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: CITYSCAPE SOCIETY RELIGION)
People visit the illuminated Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin

The beautiful illuminated Christmas markets at Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin and in Frankfurt opened to the public. Germany attracts tourists from all over the world every year to these markets.

6. Miss Pole Dance South America 2013

Tallyta Torres and Ekaterina Malykhina of Brazil perform during the doubles category at the Miss Pole Dance South American 2013 competition in Buenos Aires November 25, 2013. Picture taken November 25, 2013.  REUTERS/Enrique  Marcarian (ARGENTINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
Tallyta Torres and Ekaterina Malykhina of Brazil perform during the doubles category at the Miss Pole Dance South American 2013

Competitors battled it out to become the Miss Pole Dance South America 2013 and Pole Dance Argentina 2013 competitions in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

7. Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay

Natalia Usachyova carries the Olympic torch as she leads a group of members of local winter swimming clubs during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay in the waters of the Yenisei River in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, November 26, 2013. 30 members of winter swimming clubs took part in the relay, with the water temperature at about 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) and the air temperature at about minus 8 degrees Celsius (17.6 degrees Fahrenheit). REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
Natalia Usachyova carries the Olympic torch as she leads a group of members of local winter swimming clubs during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay in the waters of the Yenisei River in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk

 The 65,000-kilometer (39,000 mile) Sochi torch relay, which started on October 7, is the longest in Olympic history. The torch has traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space.

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