1: Tiananmen protester – 2014 marks the 25th anniverstary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. How will Hong Kong observe this major anniversary? And how will Beijing respond?
2: NSA leaker – Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA, is expected to reveal more details in 2014 of the top-secret surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency.
3: Xiaomi's Hugo Barra – Hugo Barra, right, made headlines in August when he ditched Google for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi. How will the new hire raise the profile of "China's Apple?"
4: Kim Jong Un – He's had his uncle killed and is best buddies with basketball star Dennis Rodman. What will North Korean leader Kim Jong Un do next?
5: Typhoon survivor – Survivors of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan that killed more than 6000 people in the Philippines in November begin to rebuild their lives.