Release v2.12.8
diff --git a/NEWS b/NEWS
index 3529fc0..2fef3ad 100644
--- a/NEWS
+++ b/NEWS
@@ -1,5 +1,12 @@
 NEWS file for libxml2
 
+v2.12.8: Jun 12 2024
+
+### Regressions
+
+- parser: Fix performance regression when parsing namespaces
+
+
 v2.12.7: May 13 2024
 
 ### Security
diff --git a/configure.ac b/configure.ac
index c2faed8..1c6b3fa 100644
--- a/configure.ac
+++ b/configure.ac
@@ -3,7 +3,7 @@
 
 m4_define([MAJOR_VERSION], 2)
 m4_define([MINOR_VERSION], 12)
-m4_define([MICRO_VERSION], 7)
+m4_define([MICRO_VERSION], 8)
 
 AC_INIT([libxml2],[MAJOR_VERSION.MINOR_VERSION.MICRO_VERSION])
 AC_CONFIG_SRCDIR([entities.c])