2012 in Focus2012 in Review: The Year in PhotosThe Daily Beast12.23.122012 in Focus2012 in Review: The Year in PhotosIt was a turbulent 12 months, from conflicts across the Middle East to America’s toll from an epic hurricane and heartbreaking gun violence. A look at the photos that captured 2012.The Daily Beast12.23.12 9:45 AM ET It was a turbulent 12 months, from conflicts across the Middle East to America’s toll from an epic hurricane and heartbreaking gun violence. A look at the photos that captured 2012. Filippo Monteforte/AFP/GettyYear in PicturesThe cruise liner Costa Concordia, aground near Italy's Isola del Giglio on Jan. 23, after hitting rocks underwater on Jan. 13. Charles Ommanney/GettyYear in PicturesRepublican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney visits a Romney for President Headquarters on Jan. 21 in Greenville, S.C. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekYear in PicturesRepublican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, hold a campaign rally at The Villages, a retirement community in Florida's Sumter County on Jan. 29, 2012. Musadeq Sadeq/AP Year in PicturesA child stands with his father as they wait to receive blankets and winter jackets from Welthungerhilfe, a German NGO, during a snowfall at a camp for internally displaced Afghans in Kabul on Feb. 20. Muhammed Muheisen/APYear in PicturesMirrors for sale outside a Pakistani accessory shop for cars in Rawalpindi, on Feb. 22. Pete Muller for NewsweekYear in PicturesEthiopian soldiers on deployment in Baidoa, Somalia. At the end of February, a large-scale Ethiopian military offensive wrested the city from Al Shabaab, a radical Islamic militia with ties to al Qaeda. Baidoa had been Al Shabab's stronghold since 2009, when it drove out forces of the Western-backed Transitional Federal Government. Ethiopia's push against Al Shabaab in Baidoa coincides with a Kenyan offensive against the group in southern Somalia as well as increased pressure from the African Union Mission in Somalia. Manish Swarup/APYear in PicturesTibetan exile Jamphel Yeshi screams as he runs engulfed in flames, after setting himself on fire at a protest in New Delhi on March 26. Yeshi died two days later. In the past two years, about 50 Tibetan dissidents have set themselves on fire. Only nine have survived. Ammar Awad/Reuters, via LandovYear in PicturesIsraeli border police use pepper spray to help detain an injured Palestinian protester during clashes on Land Day, after Friday prayers outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on March 30. Moises Saman / Magnum PhotosYear in PicturesA young man stands on a street corner next to posters of presidential candidates in Cairo. Manu Brabo/APYear in PicturesEgyptian riot police eat ice cream while securing the courthouse where former President Hosni Mubarak received a verdict in his trial for charges related to the death of protesters in Cairo, on May 2. Michael Zumstein / Agence VU for NewsweekYear in PicturesLocated near the Gabriel Tucker Bridge, at the entrance of Monrovia city center, the True Wig Party's building was at the center of the fighting during Liberia's civil war. Today, the building is abandonned. Michael Zumstein/Agence VU for NewsweekYear in PicturesPaul Issa, 33 years old, Monrovia, Liberia. May 7, 2012. Jon Lowenstein/NOORYear In PicturesAnti-NATO demonstrations in Chicago May 2012. Kevin Frayer/APYear in PicturesA man shouts for water as a shanty town is engulfed in flames in New Delhi on June 22. The fire swept through the neighborhood, destroying hundreds of shelters where residents had collected scrap plastic and rubber for resale. No one was reported injured or killed, fire officials said. AFP/GettyYear in PicturesFormer Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sits inside a cage in a courtroom in Cairo on June 2. A judge sentenced Mubarak to life in prison after convicting him of involvement in the murder of protesters during the uprising that ousted him last year. Ali Jarekji/Reuters, via LandovYear in PicturesBrides speak to their grooms during a mass wedding ceremony in Amman on July 6. An Islamic charity organized the event for 46 Jordanian and Syrian couples who were unable to afford expensive celebrations. NASA/APYear in PicturesA self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity rover was taken by its navigation cameras on its upright mast. The camera can snap pictures for 360-degrees around the rover. Adam Dean/Panos PicturesYear in PicturesDust rises from a home destroyed by a bomb dropped from a Syrian fighter jet that was targeting the neighboring Free Syrian Army command center in Aleppo on Aug. 6. Eleven civilians from two families died, including at least four children. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters, via LandovYear in PicturesA Free Syrian Army fighter fires his sniper rifle from a house in Aleppo on Aug. 14.