Farewell Gorbachev, Ukraine's nuclear plant, UN Xinjiang report, Pakistan floods

Mikhail Gorbachev, who changed the course of history, passed away this week at 91. Thirty years after the last Soviet president left power, he is remembered in the West as an unlikely hero. After the Berlin Wall, as the Soviet empire started to crumble, Muscovites took to the barricades to thwart a counter-coup by the old guard. Gorbachev was freed from house arrest but left weakened, months away from the Christmas Day announcement of the breakup of the USSR – one he defended when he spoke to FRANCE 24 back in 2007.