NEW YORK ( DailyFinance) -- It's the nature of major news stories to ebb and flow, rising to the headlines and then slipping out of the spotlight. But even if they fade from attention, a handful of long-term issues with the potential to disrupt the U.S. economy and global recovery will continue to play out throughout 2011. Despite the healthy jump stock prices made on the first day of trading this year, here are some stories that investors are better off not losing sight of during the next 12 months. North Korea: After decades of stagnation and horrific hardship for its citizens, North Korea has reached a new and potentially dangerous juncture: Its aging dictator Kim Jong-Il is handing the reins of power to his son Kim Jong-Un, an untested leader with little military and political experience.
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