PHOTO GALLERY: 2012 highlights captured on camera

A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his sniper rifle from a house in Aleppo, August 14

Administrative segregation prisoners take part in a group therapy session at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 8

A woman pushes her Fiat 500 car as her dog sits inside, in a neighborhood of Rome March 23

Bench engraved with the name of the grounded Costa Concordia cruise ship in Giglio island, January 20

Indonesian children struggle to cross a flooded river on their way to school in Sanghiang Tanjung, January 19

Indigenous people point their bows and arrows at a police helicopter flying near Altamira in northern Brazil, June 15

Devotees try to form a human pyramid to break a clay pot containing curd during Hindu festival in Mumbai, August 10

Jamaica's Usain Bolt runs to win the men's 200m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games, August 9

Residents paddle their makeshift boat to safety as fire engulfs houses at a slum community in Manila, Philippines May 11

Syrians jump over barbed wire as they flee from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to the Turkish border, November 9

Lightning is seen during a storm at the Bosnian Genocide Memorial Center in Potocari night before a mass burial, July 10

An ethnic Rakhine man holds homemade weapons after fighting between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Sittwe, Myanmar June 10

Men use ropes to try and right a supply truck overloaded with wheat straw, in Dargai Islamabad, April 13

The remnants of a roller coaster sit in the surf three days after Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, 1 November

First-grader Henry Terifay and his sister, fourth-grader Kelly Terifay, wait outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut December 14

Dressed as a princess, Jennifer Knoepfel stands in the pits waiting for the next race during stock car races in Agassiz, British Columbia July 7

Lower Manhattan skyline in darkness except for Goldman Sachs building after a preventive power outage caused by hurricane Sandy, New York October 30

A woman holds her malnourished child at a therapeutic feeding centre at al-Sabyeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen May 26

An indigenous man stands in a subway train on his way to People's Summit at Rio+20 for Social and Environmental Justice in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 20

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney waits before a campaign rally in Ohio October 26

A man walks down Shore Front Parkway surrounded by debris pushed onto the streets by hurricane Sandy, New York October 6

US army soldiers react after their comrade was wounded at patrol by an improvised explosive device, Afghanistan June 12

A wounded Syrian man lies on a boat as he is transferred to Turkey over the Orontes River on the Turkish-Syrian border, October 10

A Palestinian man checks his damaged house after Israeli air strikes in Gaza, November 15

A puppy stands by remains of its mother, days after it was killed in an area burnt in violence in Kyaukphyu, Myanmar November 6

Four-year-old Milagros peers at her mother Valeria Cigara (far inside the cell)who is currently in prison awaiting trial for robbery in Magdalena, Argentina August 19

People travel on an outdoor public escalator at Commune 13, one of the poorest districts of Colombia’s second largest city Medellin January 12

A car stops beside a house in the middle of a newly built road, after elderly couple refuse to sign an agreement allowing their home to be demolished in Wenling, China November 22

An army tank fires during a firefight against militants linked to Al Qaeda near the southern Yemeni city of Zinjibar, May 30

A teleprompter obscures US President Barack Obama as he speaks during a campaign event at Capital University in Ohio, August 21

A man takes a photo as Space Shuttle Endeavour travels to the California Science Center in Inglewood, Los Angeles October 13

A view of the Yawalapiti village before the start of the ‘quarup,’ a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance in the Xingu National Park, Brazil August 12

Hassan Mekki, a 32-year-old Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back in Athens, Greece December 5

Confetti obscures the stage as US President Barack Obama celebrates after winning the US presidential election in Chicago, Illinois, November 7

Poland's Lukasz Mamczarz starts his run up during the men's high jump F42 final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, September 5

Protesters destroy an American flag pulled down from the US embassy in Cairo, Egypt September 11

A police officer pretends to hang himself to symbolise the pain of budget cuts in front of the parliament during a rally in Athens, Greece September 6

Paratroopers from Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry board a waiting CH-47 Chinook helicopter as they begin a helicopter assault mission in Afghanistan's Paktiya Province, July 15

Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident and legal advocate who recently sought asylum in the United States, May 24

Members of "Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi," a group consisting of official and police guards, try to ride a military police vehicle after a funeral for soldiers who were killed during an attack at a checkpoint along the Sinai border with Israel by unknown gunmen, Cairo August 7

A physically disabled woman on her wheelchair clashes with riot police in the centre of La Paz, Bolivia February 23

Delegates sit at the stage before the opening ceremony of 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing November 8

A music group performs on a path amid fields to greet the farmers at Hwanggumpyong Island, in North Korea, June 6

An Afghan man takes a shortcut by climbing a wall, at a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan May 11

Bavarian farmers transport their cows on a boat over the picturesque Lake Koenigssee at dusk, Germany October 3

Audience members watch a model during the J. Mendel Spring/Summer 2013 show at New York Fashion Week, September 12

A firefighting helicopter fills a bucket of water in heavy smoke as the North Merna wildfire burns in Wyoming, US September 12

Reuters photographer Joseba Etxaburu is knocked down by a wild cow in the bullring at San Fermin festival Pamplona, Spain July 12

Photos compiled by Ali Ashraf