Here are some of the amazing news photos from 2012, gathered by The Associated Press.
Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade is surrounded by supporters and security as he travels between campaign stops in downtrodden suburban neighborhoods of Dakar, Senegal Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Thousands of supporters turned out to see Wade as he held rallies in the Pikine and Guediawaye neighborhoods on Wednesday. Daily protests have rocked the capital after the opposition vowed to render the country ungovernable if 85-year-old Wade runs for a third term in Sunday's elections.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)