Celebrations continue into night after Biden victory

Minutes after major television networks called the race in the former vice president's favor, throngs of people streamed to the White House to rejoice outside a security fence as the sound of fireworks boomed in the distance.

Hundreds of people danced, cheered and waved flags just yards from the White House grounds.

The celebrations continued in to the evening in New York too, including at Times Square.

Rallies by hundreds of supporters of Republican President Donald Trump, who insisted on Saturday (Nov 7) "this election is far from over," were more muted in size and scope compared with the festive crowds that turned out by the thousands in some cities for Biden.