John Boehner elected House of Representatives speaker
The 112th US Congress has convened in Washington, starting a new legislative session in which resurgent Republicans aim to cut the size of the US government and its spending.
The new Congress is being sworn in two months after mid-term elections which saw President Barack Obama's Democrats suffer heavy losses to the opposition.
Republican John Boehner has taken over the key role of House speaker, replacing Democrat Nancy Pelosi.
05 Jan 2011