Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan has become the 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
“I leave with no regrets, no burdens,” Mr Boehner said before the vote. “If anything, I leave the way I started, just a regular guy, humbled by the chance to do a big job.”
Mr Ryan criticised Congressional dysfunction in his speech after being elected Speaker, calling the House of Representatives “broken”.
“We’re not solving problems. We’re adding to them and I’m not interested in laying blame,” he said. “We are not settling scores. We are wiping the slate clean.”
At age 45, Mr Ryan is the youngest person to be elected Speaker of the House since 1869.
15 injured in Florida plane fire
One person has been seriously burned and 14 others injured after a Boeing 767 caught fire at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale airport. Dynamic International Airways flight 405, bound for Venezuela, was evacuated after an engine burst into flames on the airport’s north runway shortly before takeoff. The airport has been reopened, though the north runway remains closed.
— Joel Braunold (@braunold) October 29, 2015
Sword attack on Myanmar opposition rally
A National League for Democracy (NLD) candidate in Myanmar has suffered head and hand injuries after he was attacked by men with knives and swords. Naing Ngan Lin was rushed to hospital following the attack, which disrupted his political rally in Thaketa township in the city of Yangon. Several people have been arrested over the incident, which took place just ten days before Myanmar’s general election on November 8. The NLD, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, is expected to win the most seats in what is being called Myanmar’s first openly-contested election in 25 years.
EU parliament grants Snowden asylum
The European Parliament has voted 285-281 to grant asylum to American whistleblower Edward Snowden. The non-binding resolution called on EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender”. Mr Snowden, who leaked classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents in 2012, has called the move a “game-changer”.
This is not a blow against the US Government, but an open hand extended by friends. It is a chance to move forward. pic.twitter.com/fBs5H32wyD
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) October 29, 2015
Harry Potter author opposes Israel boycott
JK Rowling has used characters from her Harry Potter series to defend an open letter in which she and 149 other British figures called for a “culture of coexistence” with Israel. In a TwitLonger post, Ms Rowling used the characters of Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape to express her hope that communication with Israeli academics could help ease the Netanyahu government’s “injustice and brutality” against Palestinians. Ms Rowling and the other signatories to the open letter had rejected calls for a “cultural boycott” against Israel, calling the idea “divisive and discriminatory”. – Compiled from web sources by Jake Nelson
Top photo of Paul Ryan from Al Jazeera’s TV coverage.