Here are some of the amazing news photos from 2012, gathered by The Associated Press.
Surrounded by British police WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, center, makes a statement to the media and supporters from a window of Ecuadorian Embassy in central London, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. Julian Assange entered the embassy in June in an attempt to gain political asylum to prevent him from being extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes, which he denies. Assange called on United States President Barack Obama to 'end a "witch hunt" against the secret-spilling WikiLeaks organization.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)