There were hundreds of memorable foreign stories from Times correspondents in 2012. Here is a sampling of 12 from across the world in chronological order.
1. For Congo Children, Food Today Means None Tomorrow
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo -- Today, the big children will eat, Cynthia, 15, and Guellor, 13. Tomorrow, it will be the turn of the little ones, Bénédicte, Josiane and Manassé, 3, 6, and 9.
2. Dublin Journal: Not Worth the Paper It's Built On
DUBLIN -- As an emblem of the modern Irish condition, Frank Buckley is almost too apt. Dead broke, he lives in a house made of money.
3. American Children, Now Struggling to Adjust to Life in Mexico
IZÚCAR DE MATAMOROS, Mexico -- Jeffrey Isidoro sat near the door of his fifth-grade classroom here in central Mexico, staring outside through designer glasses that, like his Nike sneakers and Nike backpack, signaled a life lived almost entirely in the United States. His parents are at home in Mexico. Jeffrey is lost.
4. Egypt's Everywoman Finds Her Place Is in the Presidential Palace
CAIRO -- Naglaa Ali Mahmoud wears an Islamic head covering that drapes down to her knees, did not attend college and never took her husband's last name, because that is a Western convention that few Egyptians follow. She also refuses the title of first lady, in favor of simply Um Ahmed, a traditional nickname that identifies her as the mother of Ahmed, her eldest son.
5. A Superstar Televangelist in Pakistan Divides, Then Repents
KARACHI, Pakistan -- THE audience erupted as Aamir Liaquat Hussain, Pakistan's premier televangelist, darted around the television studio, firing off questions about Islam. "How many gates are there to heaven?" he challenged.
6. Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits
GARAMBA NATIONAL PARK, Democratic Republic of Congo -- In 30 years of fighting poachers, Paul Onyango had never seen anything like this. Twenty-two dead elephants, including several very young ones, clumped together on the open savanna, many killed by a single bullet to the top of the head.
7. Young Lives, Lost in the Fog of War
KABUL, Afghanistan -- These days, Abdul Farhad tries to sleep with the lights on in his bedroom and his eyes wide open, because as soon as he closes them he is back in his shop in central Kabul and it is 11:30 a.m. on the eighth of September.
8. Corruption Is Seen as a Drain on Italy's South
REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy -- Italy's A3 highway, begun in the 1960s and still not finished, starts outside Naples in the ancient hill town of Salerno and ends, rather unceremoniously, 300 miles farther south as a local street in downtown Reggio Calabria.
9. Reporting a Fearful Rift Between Afghans and Americans
SISAY OUTPOST, Afghanistan -- How far is Kabul from the war? These days, if you drive south or west, no more than an hour and a half. You can go and be back for dinner -- if you aren't kidnapped or blown up.
10. Billions in Hidden Riches for Family of Chinese Leader
BEIJING -- The mother of China's prime minister was a schoolteacher in northern China. His father was ordered to tend pigs in one of Mao's political campaigns. And during childhood, "my family was extremely poor," the prime minister, Wen Jiabao, said in a speech.
11. Long Retired, Ex-Leader of China Asserts Sway Over Top Posts
BEIJING -- In a year of scandals and corruption charges at the commanding heights of the Communist Party, a retired party chief some had written off as a spent force has thrust himself back into China's most important political decisions and emerged as a dominant figure shaping the future leadership.
12. Horrific Fire Revealed a Gap in Safety for Global Brands
ASHULIA, Bangladesh -- The fire alarm shattered the monotony of the Tazreen Fashions factory. Hundreds of seamstresses looked up from their machines, startled. On the third floor, Shima Akhter Pakhi had been stitching hoods onto fleece jackets. Now she ran to a staircase.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.