McCarthy elected US House speaker

Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader of the US House of Representatives, has been elected House speaker in the 15th round of votes, ending a historic standoff.

McCarthy secured the majority of votes to win the speakership on Saturday. The House session opened on Tuesday. He had struggled to gain support from hardline conservatives in his own party.

This is the first time in 164 years that the House voted 10 times or more to pick a speaker.