Here are some of the amazing news photos from 2012, gathered by The Associated Press.
State miners stand by the coffin containing the remains of fellow miner Hector Choque as they hold a vigil in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Choque died when he was injured during violent clashes that erupted Tuesday when one faction of privately contracted miners threw a small dynamite charge into a crowd of state miners who were protesting on a main road in the Bolivian capital. The two sides have been staging rival protests for months for control of the Colquiri tin mine, south of La Paz. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)