>> hello there, and welcome to the news hour. from our broadcast centers in doha and london, these are the top stories. the u.n. tries to stop, quote, terrible acts of violence in south sudan. i'm barbara with the latest news from europe including russian president vladimir putin visits victims of the deadly attacks in volgograd. >> reporter: i'm from riga where
people are preparing for a new year but also for a new currency as the country changes from the lat to the euro. >> and in colorado begins the general sale of marijuana. >> the united nations says it will do everything it can to prevent further terrible acts of violence in south sudan. negotiators from both sides of the conflict are in the ethiopian capitol. in the world's newest country has left more than a thousand people dead. most of the battles have happened in these places in juba, bor and we have just sent this report from the capitol of juba. >> reporter: marching to war as the conflict in south sudan continues these men and women are preparing themselves for the
battle ahead. we are coming. we are united, we will defeat you, they sing. these government soldiers are preparing for the front lines. fight something going on in at least three different fronts, and military commanders say they will continue fighting the rebels until there is an agreement. the spokesman for south sudan's forces. >> the rebels continue to attack, we will fight until they are paralyzed and not able to attack any more, or a cease-fire is agreed. >> reporter: government forces say the strategic town of bov now under rebel control. and the battle for bor is far from over. >> we don't believe tha their strength. their own strength is using human shield, which is inhuman. and the forces are capable of
defeating them. it's a matter of time. we are confident that we will take bor. >> reporter: aid workers are warning of unfolding humanitarian crisis. more than 200,000 people have been displaced. yet the u.n. peacekeeping mission here says it cannot fulfill it's mandate of protecting civilians. the mission. >> we're not in a position to do much more than camps, external security, internal security. >> reporter: all hopes to the end of the conflict are on the peace talks. and south sudan, the world's newest country will continue through its worst fears. south sudan. >> there have been three
explosions in somalia's capitol. they happened at a holt in mogadishu. this is according to the routers news agency. it's not clear yet if anyone has been killed, we'll continue to bring you the latest oops as we get it. to iraq now and sunny tribesmen have taken control of all police stations. it is stationed outside of city limits. charles stratford reports. >> reporter: gunmen in the iraqi city of fallujah took control of government buildings and police posts. employees were allow to leave before property were burned. deployments like this shows how angry sunni tribesmen are in fallujah with the shia-led
government that they say neglects their needs. earlier this week troops cleared anti-government protest camps in the city of ramadi, and gun battles soon broke owl. prime minister nour nouri nouri, he demanded troops withdraw from all cities in anbar. the prime minister hasn't accepted the resignations yet. >> we trace anyone who talks about militia and sectarianism. we will distinguish between a sunni and shiite in these with regards. despite this we have the same approach which is to protect the security of the society and to face al-qaeda and the militias. >> reporter: in another move seemingly aimed at implicating
anbar residents the cabinet decided to provide extra aid to the province including food and medical items. sectarian has killed more people this year than any 12-month period since 2008. but providing aid has had little affect of calming the anger of sunni government. charles stratford, al jazeera. >> joining us now from washington, d.c. is daniel, professor at johns hopkins university. welcome to the program, sir. john, al maliki has pulled the army out and provided more aid, but clearly that's not enough. what can the iraqi government do to try to calm things down? >> well, the iraqi government has two problems in anbar.
one is an unhappy sunni population. the other is with al-qaeda militants. and it needs to deal with the sunni population and with al-qaeda. as long as these two things are deflated there is no hope of a successful resolution. >> what types of political instruments should he be using? >> certainly the kinds he has already offered are of some use. but the issue for the sunnies in anbar is more of being disempowered, not listened to, discriminated against, and he needs to find the ways that he can response positively to those grievances. the resignation of the parliament is harmful to al maliki who faces challenges from
shia forces in the next election. he will need sunni support to continue as prime minister after april. >> i thought that he could not run for a third term as prime minister, is that incorrect, then? >> well, so far as i can tell he intends to run for a third term, and i i don't think--there seems to be no bar t barbie the court. i don't think he's going to be able to go to the polls with a completely unified shia block. i think he'll have real competition from the shia. he has been clever in the past reaching out to the sunni when he needed them to reach out to the kurds, and he has to
continue to be clever about that. at the same time there is no question there is an al-qaeda threat as well. it is not numerically a very large threat but it is very disruptive threat, and it is killing iraqis. and he needs to be able to respond to that with force. but he responds to the protesters with force rather than al-qaeda with force he could make his situation worse. >> can you put the current tensions into perspective for us? i believe that we saw very basic intentions in 2006 an 2008, how does what is happening now compare to that? >> it's small compare to that. the deaths in 2006 to 2008 were something like five times what they are today.
there is an up tick in violence in iraq maybe even a doubling in some weeks of deaths in iraq, and it's a level of violence that would be totally unacceptable to me or you, and is also to most iraqis. but it is nothing yet like th the 2006-2008 civil war which was at least five-timed a deadly as what is happening now. >> all right, daniel, thank you very much for speaking to us. >> my pleasure. >> well there, are reports that the lebanese army has arrested one of the most wanted men in saudi arabia. he leads the brigades linked to al-qaeda. the lebanese security forces say they're awaiting the outcome to confirm his identify. they claimed the responsibility for the bombing of the embassy
in november. weather conditions and security concerns have been blamed for delays. bernard smith has more. >> reporter: this blast was caused by a barrel packed with explosives dropped from a syrian air force aircraft. that's according to the voice-over on this video hosted online. the target is a damascus suburb. [ explosion ] >> reporter: forces loyal to president bashar al-assad have been intensifying their attacks on rebel-controlled area across syria. the regime may have been stripped of its chemical weapons, but that seems to have had little affect on its campaign against anti-government forces. but the ships that was supposed to have taken those chemicals out of syria are returning to port in cypress empty. the combination of bad weather and forces on the ground lead
the deadline to take chemical weapons out of syria have not been made. >> everything that syria needs to complete the process of removing, all the equipment has been provided and ha now it's a matter of getting the trend running. we understand that a number of factors are evident which have made syrian authorities unable to meet the decembe december 31st deadline. >> reporter: the organization for the pr prohibition of chemil weapons is still on track. the syrian government is responsible for removing, packing and transporting the chemical weapons to the port. earlier this month assad's forces link damascus to the coast but convoys could still be vulnerable to rebel attack. but it's the conventional
weapons that are causing the death and destruction. this is inside a hospital in southern syria on ne new year's eve. the syrian observatory for human rights says more than 46,000 civilians have been killed since the conflict began in 2011. bernard smith, al jazeera. >> there's lots more to come on the al jazeera news hour. free water for people in india's capitol, but is it a feasible plan? u.s. president barack obama's health insurance plan comes into effect, but not everything is going as it should. and wimbledon champion andy murray does not begin the new year as planned. robben has that and the rest of the sports later. >> russia's visits has visited victims of two deadly bombings
in volgograd. let's go to barbara. >> reporter: hello, there, thank you. vladimir putin has met security officials and has vowed to find a way to keep russians safe. bombings have raised fears of further attacks during the olympics in sochi next month. >> reporter: president vladimir putin's visit to volgograd came after he vowed to annihilate terrorists in his new year's eve address. the bombings have claimed the lives of 34 people, dozens of others were wounded in the attack, many of whom remain in hospital. since the bombing the city is still under lockdown with police and paramilitary troops sent to the city. the focus of the leadership said security would be beefed up ahead of the olympic games in sochi. the attacks have demonstrated
how vulnerable the area is ahead of the games. >> the crimes committed here in volgograd do not need further comment. whatever motivated the criminals' action there is no justification for committing crimes against civilians, especially women and children. >> reporter: volgograd may be nearly 700 kilometers away from the olympic area, it is an area that includes caucasus, an area that experienced regular attacks. the challenge for putin will be to keep the challenges in the caucasus away from the olympics. >> an explosion that happened in the czech capitol of prague. one report suggestions the explosive was in a safe. czech police say there was no evidence that it was an attack.
>> we don't think this was some kind of terrorist attack. it looks like the explosive system that was set up was quite unsophisticate kayed or caused by something that that we're trying to identify. >> michael schumacher remains in hospital. he has undergone two operations after hitting his head on a rock while skiing. the 44-year-old remains in a medically induced coma. >> michael's condition has been supervised al all night long vey carefully, and his condition remains stable last night and this morning. this is good news for the moment. i repeat for the moment because over all the situation is critical. he remains in an artificial coma. i don't want to get "g" into any further speculation of outcomes or prospects. >> in ukraine thousands of people have taken to the streets
to mark the birth of the leader of the country's nationalist organization. jennifer glass reports now from the capitol of kiev. >> reporter: this march commemorates the birthday of a controversial figure in ukrainian history, but usually only attracts a few hundred people. this year thousands have turned out, a sign of discontent with the government. it follows week of protests in central kiev, protesting president yanukovych's failure to sign a trade agreement with the european union. in fact, a couple of weeks ago he signed an agreement with russia, and people fear closer ties with russia. many thousands here in kiev are unhappy with the government and president viktor yanukovych. 2014 might an difficult year for him. >> we'll be back in europe. but let's go back to d doha.
>> north korea's kim jong-un said that the purge of his uncle has made the country stronger. we have this report. >> reporter: north korea goes into the new year according to its leader kim jong-un all the stronger being rid of this man. his removal from power and then subsequent execution kim said had strengthened the whole country. >> ouour unity strengthen the hundred-fold and revolutionary lines became much more solid by purging the anti-party and anti-revolutionary faction.
>> reporter: this is only the second time kim has given a new year address to his people. the first time last year prompted speculation of a new style of leadership, but this purge seems distinctly old style. >> the whole process of purge and execution o was demonstrated that kim jong-un is now in control of the country. he calls the shots. he knows the master plan for north korea. >> reporter: jung was seen as an aranarchitect of the country. he now wants to continue economic reform. and he knows he needs peace and better relations with his neighbors to achieve it, even appearing to strike a conciliatory town. >> relations between the north and south should be prepared.
it's time to put an end to slanderous attacks to do more harm than good. >> reporter: but analysts are still divided whether the purge proves kim has secured his grip on power two years after becoming leader or if it's evidence of a wider struggle. kim's optimism for a stronger year is not shared. >> reporter: south korea is worried that the new year could see him provoking confrontation in a bid of unity, and in china and it's old ally bring more unknowns for the year 2014. >> thousands of people have marched through the streets of hong kong protesting against what they call interference by beijing. the former british colony will be the first region to elect it's leader in 2014.
but protesters say the communist leaders in beijing are trying to control the outcome of the vote. >> january 1st marks a day when health insurance through the affordable care act known as obamacare bombs available to millions of americans. >> reporter: it's been a scene repeated across the country in the run up to this day. social service agencies working the phones. and the web trying to get people signed up for health insurance. they're reaching out to people like jose reyes. he has not had health insurance for 15 years. >> this coming year we will declare 69,000. >> after running the numbers he found out insurance will cost
him 800 a month. he'll still have to pay the first $12,000 worth of medical expenses each year. >> sometimes i can afford it, but what happens if i don't have something. >> reporter: his is a story that has been repeated across the county coupled with a website that didn't work the president's healthcare plan is not going as planneds, but in his final press conference, president obama tried to point out the positive. >> i have a couple million people or more who will have healthcare on january 1st. >> that's far from where the administration said it should be by now in. >> i think success looks like at least 7 million people having signed up by the end of marc march 2014. >> reporter: health economists say the low number could be a big problem. who is signing up could be another. >> if all of a sudden there is only one million, and the
disproportionate are sick and older, then it's going to cause all kind of problems with respect to the balance, and in future years insurance companies will be forced to raise premiums. >> it's too high for those like jose reyes. he left without signing up for insurance. how he and millions of others decide could determine if the president's healthcare plan survives the year. al jazeera, washington. >> while denver is known as the mile high city, now the rocky mountain capitol of the state of colorado is where marijuana smockers can get legally high as well. there are reports from denver and how businesses are expected to boom from january 1st.
>> reporter: for the first time anyone over the age of 21 can purchase recreational marijuana. the lines are out the door and they've been lining up since before the sun came up. now it's expected to be a huge economic win fall for the state of colorado. we went to a small town where marijuana is transforming the local economy. harvesting and processing pot is a family affair at nature's herbs and wellness in garden city, colorado. >> this is my aunt judy, my mom and my dad. >> reporter: three generations work here and business is booming. >> we started out with 1200 square feet. and now we have 10,000 square feet and we're bursting at the seems. and we have plans for two to three more facilities that have size. >> reporter: pot is the biggest game in town in tiny garden city population 300.
the four medical marijuana dispensaries account for a quarter of all tax revenues. that's before they start retail sales. something that has the mayor seeing green. >> there is not a pothole in our entire town because we've been able to invest in our infrastructure without new energy in town. >> reporter: if the estimates are correct colorado is about to reap a bumper crop of cash. sales could hit $606 million in 2014. right now there are about 100,000 users of medical marijuana in the state, but another half million are expected to start legally lighting up recreationally. that's not even counting marijuana tourists. >> it's the next vacation destination. no doubt about it. i mean, we get so many phone calls a day. i would say right now being
closer to the first we're getting 50 phone calls a day. >> reporter: u.s. department of justice has said it won't try to shutdown the recreational pot industry, but some gray areas remain. banks aren't taking retailers money, and there are worries of increased crime and underage drug use. but john rotherham for one thinks other states will soon see dollar signs through the haze. >> everyone will follow suit if the voters allow it. >> reporter: while there are questions about how legal weed will play out in colorado it is safe to say that hopes for the future are high. now despite the fact that you can purchase marijuana legally if you're over 21, there are still no, nos. no smoking in public places. no taking it to the airport, no transporting it out of state. you can't give it to minors although you can give small amounts to friends. no giving to minors and the they
will prosecute that to the fullest extent possible. a lot of rules in place but a historic day here in colorado. al jazeera, denver. >> still ahead here on al jazeera, find out why business owners in rio's shanty towns have a spring in their step. and the french league champions are spending their winter break in the desert. details coming up in sport. sinking boat and haunted by the memory. and in sport, the indiana >> an exclusive "america tonight" investigative series >> we traveled here to japan to find out what's really happening at fukushima daiich >> three years after the nucular disaster, the hidden truth about the ongoing cleanup efforts and how the fallout could effect the safety of americans >> are
a south sudan president kiir has declared a state of emergency. the u.n. said it will do everything it can to prevent further violence. thousands of government troops have arrived in the town of bor to try to retake it from rebel forces. in iran sunni tribesmen have taken control of all police stations in the city of fallujah and anbar province. the iraqi army is now positioned outside of the city limits. and russian president vladimir putin has visited the southern city of volgograd hit by two suicide attacks. 34 people were killed and dozens were injured. a work restrictions have officially been lifted across the european union from migrants from romania and bulgaria. let's go back to barbara in our news center. >> reporter: well, the united kingdom has accepted some of the first migrants from the two newest members of the trading
bloc. it's a politically sensitive issue here in the u.k. where concerns that the influx of immigrants will be a drain on the economy. the first immigrants were met by british m.p.s and they explain why they made the move. >> tomorrow i work. >> do you have a job. >> yes, wash car. it's not a great job, but i come there because i know i have, i don't know, maybe the best choice i make for this year. >> there are some opportunities here, and i have to learn the language. english is an easier language. >> reporter: latvia has become the 18th nation to join the you
roeurohoping to improve it's ec. but as we have reports from riga not everyone is convinced that it's a move to the better. [ cheering ] [ explosions ] >> reporter: freezing below temperatures, residents of riga ring in 2014. the stroke of midnight marking not only a new year but also a new currency. outgoing prime minister making the first withdraw of euros from a cash machine heralding the end of the last. >> first it's going to help us to reduce interest rates. second, we are a very small and very open economy. we do 70% of all foreign trade in yo euros. which means we spend a lot of
money exchanging curren currenck and forth. >> reporter: while everyone is celebrating the new year, not everyone is happy with the currency change with public opinion still divided. there has been a big government publicity campaign to inform people about the euros, which most but not all say they're prepared. >> i pulled a stack of euros, and that's it. >> i've kept euros in my wallet for a year waiting for them to be used. >> i'm not ready. i thought the lats would last forever. >> reporter: businesses have been displaying prices in euro and lats since october, and will continue for the next three months. >> we can see that all the countries where the gdp per capital has been less than 70%
of the euro average, and those who have joined the eurozone has ended up in economic crisis. >> reporter: it has aligned itself to the west, the latvians posing for the future now different. al jazeera, riga. >> in greece the six-month presidency began the new year. it began with fireworks. it was a brief escape from recession and unemployment rate of 27%. the government received approve for another loan from its international lenders. >> the only thing we can hope for is the political situation to change in our country. otherwise we're doomed to suffering. >> we try to look at things optimistically, but in general the situation is melancholy, everyone is sad.
we must try to be optimistic, not give up completely. >> we are hoping to something better for greece. we want jobs and healthcare. we don't want to rely on charity. we don't want homelessness. >> so as 2014 gets under way the e.u. still has significant problems to solve. now across the continent the debt has reached nearly 16 trillion-dollar. cypress, spain, greece, are still paying back billions in bail out loans. spaniards predict bleak times ahead. and that remains over the viability of the euro currency, there are disputes of how to deal with immigration. we go to our economist from london's south binge university. he said europe's economy is looking better in 2014.
>> we no longer seriously talk about the break of euros as perhaps we were 12 months ago. the euro is in a healthier place and happier place than a year ago. >> is that because of the economies of spain, italy, is more stable or the systems put in place by the eurozone are working. >> yes, there have been a number of institution innovation bolstering the power of the european central bank to intervene in the bond markets, and taking control over fiscal policy as well as monetary policies in many instances. that seems to have worked on a macro-level. >> greece, italy, france, spain, what are the flush points? >> iif you look across the euros as a whole, there is 1% growth. but beneath that there are lots of individual stories that may
be positive stories in germany. france looks to be moving back in recession, president hollande is very unpopular and his tax. italy has a different sort of issues. the kind of political problems that we saw in 2013, there is constitutional reform and debt levels as well, 130% or more. >> often not going down at all. >> and growth helps that. >> reporter: now, it's just ten degrees celsius in rome, so quite cold. why would anyone want to strip off and dive into the river tibor. six divers left into the tiber river 70 meters below. and divers have been doing it
for 60 years now. it all began when a lifeguard looking for work as a stuntman took the plunge to show off his skills, and people have been doing it ever since. that it is it from me and and the rest of the team let's go back to doha. >> well, bangladesh's islamic party has been at the center of turmoil. seven of its leaders have been sentenced to death for war crimes. result followers have come out in vocal and often violent protests. we have reports from bangladesh's second largest city. >> reporter: it has the reputation of being a religious city, so it's not a surprise that there is a strong support
base here. while violence in the rest of the country has escalated, the area has become more quiet. that is because police have been rounding up supporters and throwing them in jail. >> we are on home arrest. our people can't come out in the street. they can't make any meetings when they are together the police come and say yes, you are under arrest, or there is a procession in the street and they shoot at sight. >> reporter: it's not the police. they have made many enemies over the years with the ruling party. this is the scene of one of the most notorious mass murders in
history. a group of army league activists were coming down that road when it was ambushed. a group fired bullets before fleeing down that road down that road. eight people were murdered. >> it was like a father and mother had died. we were in shock. we didn't know what to do. the way it acts, they don't protest peacefully. they fight and kill. it's not the way democracy is supposed to work. >> reporter: but the reputation for violence. >> some have hesitated because their friends have been killed. so they try to show up, i don't see but these are incidents.
>> reporter: members accused the rauling army league by putting activists in jail and it's leaders on death row. with up coming elections they could be fighting for its existence. >> every household in the indian state of delhi is set to receive nearly 700 liters of free water every day. the scheme was a key election promise of the new chief minister but not everyone is convinced it will resolve the water supply problems. >> reporter: regulating how much water people consume. offering households 670 liters of water for free every day. but only if she caps her water usage at that amount. minimal in modern india that's difficult. >> these days we all use a lot
of water. i have a water filtration system and washer machine. now even toilets consume a lot of water. >> reporter: the government has promised regular water supply to housing communities like this one in the hope of better managing consumption. but critics describe this approach as a matter of misplaced priorities. they say delhi's real water supply challenge lies in places like this, better yet to be connected to the former water network. for jejay a tap with fresh running water is a luxury. she describe cleaning, cooking and bathing with just a few buckets as a daily struggle. >> sometimes we get supplies from water tanks. if they don't come we go to a nearby temple, houses, fill up buckets and bring them home. there is no regular water supply here and we have a lot of problems.
>> they are the kind of new meters which have been install installed. >> reporter: studying the state of delhi's water system for years. he knows all too well just how precious these devices are. in india a government-issued water meter is a stamp of legitimacy. building infrastructure and not the expectations of the middle class should be the focus of the state's water policy. >> if there is a policy that needs to actually raise demand, it is going to create problems. >> despite economic divides, households across delhi are well aware of just how precious water is. the government is expected to review its water plan in three months. but regardless of the policies' future, millions of people are once again talking about who has
entrepreneurs benefiting. >> another busy lunch hour. his busy restaurant is in the shanty town that has seen an increase of police presence in rio de janeiro's police progression. with the area safer people are venturing in for lunch and now he's serving 60 meals a day, that is tripled from when the area was controlled by gangs. >> with the police here the tourism entered with a lot of force. that is what is really helping our business a lot. >> reporter: with violent crime down in these communities business owners feel that they now have a better chance of success. in the nearby community signs of increasing consumer confidence are everywhere. the high end chocolate shot, and
even some international food chains. here at passfied favelas, it's not just security but it's economics not just for small business owners but also for outside investors setting up shop trying to cash in. like francisco and his business partners who opened this high-end gym and signed up 1,200 people the first month they were opened. now there are plans to open four more gyms in passfied city slums. >> we found space and good location, we invested everything we had. we're going to bring the first world here, the best equipment and the best trainers. >> reporter: with property values and rents jumping by as much as 400%. prices on the increase there is still a lack of basic public services. not everyone is benefiting. >> when they come in and circulate as fast as possible
and maximize profit as quickly as possible, and then people are left at the mercy of that. instead of having people at the mercy of drug lords we've taken that away and we put people at the mercy of the market. and it seems like a faustian bargain for a lot of people. >> reporter: for now new businesses are setting up opening that the only thing not passfied is the opportunity to buy, sell, and make money. al jazeera, rio da rio rio de j. >> now we have sports. >> reporter: thank you. the win against cardiff, the gunners hosted the welsh club. they're expected to take over manager of the club. they saw cardiff beaten 2-0.
fourth place in the table, chelsea and manchester city kept second, one point behind arsen arsenal. >> it's important currently because just 11 points. and starting here the game is very important for us. >> reporter: then one more match, manchester united in action, giving spurs the lead 1-0 at old trafford. the french league restarts next week. in the meantime leaders are soaking up the sun, they're
preparing to play real madrid as part of their winter training break. but they have time for themselves including the leading goalscorer who has headed to the desert and meeting the local wildlife. therthey hope to help the fh side become european title holders. daniel reports. from buenos aires. >> reporter: with the ball at his feet is a football phenomenon. they know that down here where he lives in the beautiful andean mountains. but when his grandfather put footage of the young protege online the world sat up and took notice. >> we were surprised.
we were all surprised. it went through the clouds. the tv channels came here. they came to watch the boy play. i do hope it goes well for him. >> reporter: here he has been put through the motion of the buenos aires club. many are reported to be keeping tabs on the tiny talent. spanish are looking out for his interests. >> we couldn't believe it. we thought someone was playing a joke. we knew he could play football but i could not believe what i was hearing on the phone. it's a dream for millions. but claudio who is eight years old is living it. >> reporter: showing similar promise in claudio suffers from the same problems that slowed the growth of the young messi
who also dribbled the ball to much taller players of the same age. he was whisked off to barcelona before he had a chance to play professional ball in argentina. the same is likely to happen to young claudio who sortly i, clue his talent firsthand. he still has a long way to go. for now he's entertaining his friends and family while dreaming of a future on the world football stage scoring goals that will excite fans in the tens of thousands. al jazeera, buenos aires. >> from football let's turn our attention to tennis, the wimbledon champion, taking the
first set and was up three love in the second when the german fought back. frustrations got the better of him in his first tournament since returning from back surgery. defeat coming from former real madrid legend, watch these fellow spaniards take on germany the world's number one comes back in the second two, levels the match. in a del makes sure of the set and a place in the eight. in a del will fac play in the quarterfinals. another spaniard, taking on german daniel brand.
he has a 5-4 lead in the second half. over at the brisbane international, she breathes past australia's casey 6-3, and 6-1, they'll play in the last set. we're one day into the new year and already there has been a new cricket world record, the fastest ever national century. the previous record was set by pakistan'sa's alfridi. he would win the series at 1-0. in stay two, pakistan 327-4, that's it for sport.
i'll be back later. >> thank you very much, robben. well, every year innovations in technology promise to change the way we live, work and communicate. some prove to be little more than passing fads and disappear while we take a look at new technologies that could change the world this year. >> reporter: much hype and development in 2014 will see google's glass eyewear go on sale to the public. questions remain whether it's function and style will make it anything more than a fad. >> this is my watch. >> reporter: watches that sync to phones. some experts are predicting we'll see the rise of virtual currencies like the bit coin. their value has been highly volatile but some say they have the ability to disrupt
traditional payment systems. >> once you have the bit coin, it's fungible, so you can put it in any currency you want. a lot of people are seeing it as a virtual safety deposit box. once you have the money in the bit coin universe, you can use it anywhere you want, and the interaction will even eventualle but mobile phones. >> reporter: artificial intelligence is set to enter every day life. ibm is giving access to watson, the world's fastest computer. it's fast and ability to understand natural language could transform finances and a simple online search. >> artificial intelligence can do that because it will monitor who you communicate with, what you do and then you can get a search engine issue to you rather than the general populous. >> reporter: in 2013 we learned
how spy agencies track us and can read our communications. now there is increasing demand for secure and encrypted mobile messaging. >> this has led to the apps like snap chat. >> when you share the photo it deletes itself after the person saw it so there is not going to be a tangible record. we're all learning that the internet don't forget. so things like snap chat are a new idea that are taking hold pretty quickly. >> reporter: they're already in use in show business but holographic or 3d images are being developed for personal video calls. they're expensive and the advance technology needed make it inaccessible to most for now. but in time developers hope their vision of the future will become part of every day life. al jazeera. >> there's more news ahead here on al jazeera. do stay with us. good by for now.
>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. these are the stories we're following for you. the sales begin. recreational marijuana use is now legal in colorado, and people are lining up to buy it. the affordable care act coverage begins for 2 million americans. >> i think they're trying. they're all aware that we're here. we were put on an evacuation list. >> american missionaries caught up in the crisis in south sudan. they want to come home but fear for the orphans they might have to leave behind.