Who Rules The Roost? Newsmakers of 2018

  • 06 Jan - 12 Jan, 2018
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Imran Khan and the Sharif family

Closer to home, everybody is wondering whether Imran Khan and his party stands a chance at winning the elections, especially with the Panama fiasco. The cricketer-turned-politician and his party have been adamant to win for many years now. In a recent tweet, the politician announced that he and his party will oppose any kind of legislation that could delay the General Elections 2018. Will Khan be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan? That’s something we all can’t wait to find out. Gear up Pakistanis because Imran Khan will be making a lot of headlines in 2018.

Despite going through an apparently tough time, PML-N’s leadership, particularly the Sharif family comprising of Nawaz, Shehbaz and Mariam, are not giving up in the upcoming race to win power, not just within the country but within their party too. Panama Papers have done a lot to weaken their strength yet the Sharifs stand firm on winning, therefore, they will undoubtedly be one of the core headliners this year and play a crucial role in shaping the future of Pakistan’s politics.

British Monarchy

While it’s true that the British Monarchs will probably never stop making headlines, they will surely receive special mention in 2018. Actress Meghan Markle is all set to wed Prince Harry, who is fifth in line for the throne, in spring. The power-couple has received a lot of love and well wishes from people around the world. The wedding is likely to attract plenty of attention, similar to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s in 2011. Word has it that the wedding coupled with the birth of the new royal will provide a boost to UK’s economy and attract tourism.

And let’s not forget, Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton are expecting their third child. The new royal will be sibling to Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two. The Kensington Palace took to Twitter to announce that the baby will be born in April. The gender of the baby is yet to be announced but in the meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family are overjoyed by the news.

Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang this year from 9-25 February and is set to offer the Olympic Movement and the world of winter sports New Horizons - a legacy of new growth and new potential never seen before. Its Winter Games plan is one of the most compact in Olympic history and offers a unique stage upon which best athletes from the world can achieve superior performances. The Olympic flame is expected to start its journey around 17 cities and provinces across the Republic of Korea, shining a spotlight on the country’s culture, landmarks and technological prowess, while also letting its people share the enthusiasm of the Olympic Torch Relay.

Theresa May vs Brexit

Since March 29, 2019 is set to be the day UK provisionally leaves the European Union, whatever happens in 2018 is sure to make headlines and impact the proceedings. 2017 came to an end with EU leaders agreeing to move Brexit talks forward. Then there’s the possibility of another snap election in 2018 as Theresa May's government has become increasingly divided in 2017. It goes without saying, UK politics is experiencing a rift and is going through a volatile period. The current Prime Minister has a challenging year ahead of her and everybody is certain that she is sure to make big headlines this year.

FIFA World Cup

The 21st FIFA World Cup, one of the most awaited sporting events of the year, will definitely make headlines around the world with an exceptional line-up of men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The quadrennial international football tournament is scheduled to take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018 after the country was awarded hosting rights on December 2, 2010. The much-anticipated sporting event has 32 national teams, which include 31 teams that made it through qualifying competitions as well as the host team.


POTUS aka Donald Trump is certain to make headlines in 2018. While his initial year in the White House had its ups and downs, Trump is sure to keep news breakers busy with his antics and not-so-appreciated decision-making skills. The year saw several of the President’s decisions taking the world by storm, which include the draconian travel ban on six countries as well as the recently debated recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which has pro-Palestinians around the world unite under the flag of Palestine. Let’s wait and watch what the business-tycoon-turned-politician is up to this year.

Kim Jong-un

The North Korean leader in November declared to have “realised the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force,” which is undoubtedly the most important development regarding his country in the previous year. But this is the year when nuclear brinkmanship is expected to become hazardous. Military conflict over the country is expected, and it is yet to determine if it could be contained. Kim Jong-un regime will soon start nuclear testing, maybe also conduct a thermonuclear test in the atmosphere. His threatening remarks targeted towards the U.S. are not merely a play of words, in fact, what Kim Jong-un says needs to be taken seriously despite the powers of the superpower, as it is expected to be a limitlessly catastrophic event.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

Despite having control in Middle East’s regional politics, the Saudi Royals are reshaping the dynamics of world politics too. Be it the surprising changes in laws regarding Saudi women, as well as the modernity wave in the rather conservative nation or the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s actions against corruption in the country, these Arab Royals are sure to turn heads this year too.