Barack Obama is back and China has a new leader in Xi Jinping, but world leaders face heavyweight issues in the coming year, from lingering economic crises to bloody tumult in the Middle East:
US President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at the Daimler Detroit Diesel engine plant in Michigan on December 10. Unless a deal is reached between Obama and his Republican opponents by the end of 2012, the US will plunge off the "fiscal cliff".
ECONOMIC CRISES IN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE
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