Here are some of the amazing news photos from 2012, gathered by The Associated Press.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, second from right, dances after delivering a speech during his closing campaign rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Chavez is running for re-election against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles in presidential elections on Oct . 7. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)