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Happy New Year 2014! Next year is going to be a huge year for many of us as a number of major world events will take place. In the sporting world, we can look forward to the Sochi Winter Olympics, the World Cup in Brazil and Super Bowl XLIII. 2014 is going to be a major year for movies with huge blockbusters due for release throughout the year. There are going to be some big political changes with immigration reform taking center stage. Finally, we can look forward to some big releases in tech and gaming.

1. The Sochi Winter Olympics are set to take place from the 6th to 23rd February 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Controversy has surrounded the games already with Russia's anit-gay laws prompting protests around the world and inciting President Obama to send openly gay tennis player Billie Jean King as the US representative. Security fears are also high following a number of terrorist attacks. However, despite these issues it is always thrilling to watch the greatest athletes from around the world compete for glory.

2. World Cup Brazil 2014: Anticipation for this year's World Cup could not be higher. With soccer gods Brazil hosting and players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo competing, it is sure to be an incredible two weeks. From 12 June to 13 July 2014, the world's soccer fans will have an incredibly exciting time.

3. Super Bowl XLIII: With the NFL down to just 12 teams, anticipation for Super Bowl XLIII is heating up. Odds are favoring the Saints, the Broncos, the 49ers and surprisingly the Panthers. Whoever makes it through, it's going to be an exciting match in New York and New Jersey.

4. Blockbuster Movies: 2014 is set to be a huge year in cinema. The Hunger Games series will begin its conclusion with Mocking Jay Part 1 set for release in November. X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spiderman 2 and Godzilla are all big titles set to hit screens next year.

5. Withdrawal of US Troops From Afghanistan: 2014 has been confirmed as the year when US and UK troops will finally withdraw from Afghanistan. After 13 years of struggle, the conflict for American forces will finally be over and the troops will finally be able to return home.

6. Tech Releases: 2014 promises to be a big year for tech and gaming. Major companies will be looking to release big products, with Apple likely to be launching the iPhone 6 sometime in the second quarter, Samsung gearing up for the Galaxy S5 release, and Rockstar Games finally set to release the much anticipated GTA V for PC.

7. Immigration Reform: 2013 was supposed to be the year of immigration reform. After Republicans and Democrats alike realized the power of the Latino vote following President Obama's reelection, immigration took centrestage. However, with debate still raging over the finer points of Obamacare, the debt crisis and the government shutdown, comprehensive reform took a backsteat. However, with support from major business leaders like Mark Zuckerberg, backing from several Republican representatives and the debate generated throughout 2013, surely 2014 is going to be a big year for immigration reform.

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