US Congress certifies Biden election win

The US Congress has officially confirmed Joe Biden's election win, certifying the Electoral College results of the 2020 election in defiance of the mayhem caused by protesters.

The certification proceedings by the joint session of Congress were temporarily suspended when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building and the lawmakers had to be evacuated. US media said a woman was shot dead by police in the mayhem.

After the police cleared the mob, the House and Senate returned, and voted down objections to the election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania that had been filed by some Republicans on behalf of President Trump.

Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the proceedings, declared Biden the winner early on Thursday with 306 Electoral College votes from a total of 538, far exceeding the 270 needed to win the election.

Biden is due to be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States at a ceremony on January 20.