● Top teacher wins $1m and gives half away An Indian village school teacher wins the Global Teacher Prize and shares the award with runners-up.
● Women's cricket: ECB announces 41 full-time domestic contracts The England and Wales Cricket Board announces that 16 female players have been awarded full-time domestic contracts, taking the total to 41.
● Covid-19: University students not dropping out despite disruption The drop-out rate figures come as students begin to head home in the Christmas "travel window".
● Love Letters: Actors discuss return to theatre With some theatre productions starting up again, actress Jenny Seagrove spoke to BBC Breakfast.
● Louise Smith death: Shane Mays claims teen 'wanted to bond' Louise Smith's body was found badly burnt two weeks after she went missing.
● Prof Jonathan Van-Tam answers viewers' questions about Covid vaccine Watch again: BBC News special with Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England Jonathan Van-Tam
● NFL: Joe Haden scores spectacular defensive touchdown for Pittsburgh Steelers Watch Joe Haden intercept Robert Griffin III to score an incredible defensive touchdown for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
● Covid: Can people from Wales go for a drink in England? Welsh pubs can't serve alcohol on Friday - but travel to parts England of will be allowed.
● Covid in Scotland: No extension to Scottish school Christmas holidays The country's education secretary confirms that the Christmas holiday dates will not change.
● Ken Maginnis: Peer faces 18-month ban over bullying claims Lord Maginnis was accused of using homophobic language in dealings with parliamentary colleagues.
● Royal Albert Hall reveals 150th anniversary plans Eric Clapton, Patti Smith, Matthew Bourne and David Arnold will all help celebrate the iconic venue.
● Brexit: UK-EU trade talks head for the wire The UK and EU teams are under pressure to finalise an agreement, as talks continue in London.
● PDC World Darts Championship: Draw for 2021 tournament Full draw details as Deta Hedman faces Andy Boulton on her PDC World Championship debut at Alexandra Palace later this month.
● Classic Premier League: West Ham beat Manchester United in Boleyn Ground farewell Watch highlights of the dramatic Premier League encounter from 2016 between West Ham United and Manchester United in the Hammers' final game ...
● Families call for public inquiry over 'unsafe' maternity units Families say concerns have been raised for years at the hospitals but "little has changed".
● Romain Grosjean: FIA to investigate Haas driver's Bahrain crash Formula 1’s governing body launches an investigation into Romain Grosjean’s fiery accident at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
● Prof Van-Tam uses football analogy to explain Covid timeline Prof Jonathan Van-Tam used a football analogy to explain the UK's Covid-19 timeline.
● Covid: What are the new tiers and lockdown rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? Under new coronavirus restrictions, hospitality venues remain closed in tier three areas of England.
● LeBron James: LA Lakers forward set to sign two-year contract extension worth $85m LeBron James is on the verge of signing a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers worth a reported $85m (£63m).
● BBC Radio 1 announces Christmas guest presenter line-up From Boxing Day until New Year's Day, 33 new DJs and presenters will take over the airwaves.
● Coronavirus: US hits record Covid cases and hospitalisations Two records are reached on Wednesday, amid fears the pace will not slow leading up to Christmas.
● Prof Van-Tam: 'We don't know how long immunisation will last' Prof Jonathan Van-Tam says it will take time before we understand how long the vaccine will be effective.
● Mad Max star Hugh Keays-Byrne dies aged 73 Tributes have been paid to the actor, who played the villain Toecutter opposite Mel Gibson.
● Bairstow set for England Test recall after pulling out of Big Bash Batsman Jonny Bairstow is set to return to the England Test squad for January's proposed tour of Sri Lanka after withdrawing from the Big Bash League.