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Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader who opened up the USSR and helped end the Cold War, has died aged 91. Joe Biden praised the Nobel Peace Prize winner as a “rare leader” who had the “imagination to see that a different future was possible”. NHS patients will soon be allowed to “shop around” for hospitals with the shortest waiting lists, says The Times. The 6.7 million people needing non-urgent operations will be able to use the NHS app to decide whether to travel further for faster treatment. Nelson Mandela’s grandson has ridiculed Meghan Markle for comparing herself to the anti-apartheid hero. Zwelivelile Mandela pointed out that overcoming 60 years of oppression in South Africa wasn’t really comparable to marrying a “white prince”.