Newsmakers of the year 2018
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From the footballing prowess of Mo Salah to the political travails of Theresa May, these are some of the personalities who set the trends and hogged the limelight this year

MOHAMMAD SALAH: The Merseyside megahit

Apart from his extraordinary talent
Apart from his extraordinary talent, the Egyptian footballer has shown humility, class and quiet respectability with how he handles himself — both on and off the pitch. Image Credit: Ramachandra Babu/©Gulf News

CARLOS GHOSN: The three-ring circus

He headed
He headed three of the world’s largest automakers at the same time — until his sudden and dramatic arrest this year. Image Credit: Ramachandra Babu/©Gulf News

THERESA MAY: Once more into the breach

With Brexi
With Brexit overwhelming her domestic and foreign policy, the British prime minister is facing the toughest time of her life in public office. Image Credit: Ramachandra Babu/©Gulf News

IMRAN KHAN: Sport star to head of state

Often called Kaptaan
Often called Kaptaan or captain, the rise of Imran has been nothing short of a potboiler in Pakistan’s fractious polity. Image Credit: Ramachandra Babu/©Gulf News

MAHATHIR MOHAMMAD: No early retirement

MIKE POMPEO: Holding up the world

Handpicked by President Donald Trump
Handpicked by President Donald Trump, the US Secretary of State is a man who has an uncompromising view of global affairs that’s anchored in the Oval Office. Image Credit: Ramachandra Babu/©Gulf News

VIJAY MALLYA: The runaway king

As Mallya
As Mallya fights a battle for his reputation and extradition, it is a stunning fall from grace for a person whose name was ubiquitous with extravagance, glamour and privilege in India. Image Credit: Ramachandra Babu/©Gulf News

BILL COSBY: Who’s laughing now

For a generation
For a generation of TV buffs, he personified the ideal father in a loving home. He wasn’t. And he’ll spend years in jail for sexual assaults thinking about that. Image Credit: Ramachandra Babu/©Gulf News

SERENA WILLIAMS: Knowing when to stop

Serena Williams
Serena Williams’ career has been a battle, but that hasn’t deterred her from making a mark in the world of competitive sport. Image Credit: Ramachandra Babu/©Gulf News