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Missouri governor calls for calm ahead of Brown verdict

The governor of Missouri has called for "tolerance, respect and restraint" from the people of Ferguson.

A grand jury is preparing to announce whether it will prosecute a white police officer for shooting unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August.

Jay Nixon told a press conference that the national guard would be deployed in a support role for police ahead of possible protests.

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Boy, 13, rapes classmate after sex education lesson

An investigation is to be launched after a 13-year-old boy raped a classmate after a sex education lesson at school.

The local council is investigating the circumstances of the incident. Credit: PA Wire

The boy, from Gwynedd in North Wales, admitted at Dolgellau Youth Court earlier this month, attacking the girl of the same age.

He was given a 12-month referral order and placed on the sex offenders list for 30 months.

Gwynedd Council is to hold an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the incident, which happened in 2012.

A council spokesperson said: "Now that the legal process has been concluded, we will be working with North Wales Police and other relevant partners to carry out a detailed review of the incident to identify whether there are any lessons to be learnt."

Polish ambassador warns Cameron against cutting benefits

As the Prime Minister prepares to set out a new immigration policy this week, the Polish ambassador has warned him against cutting benefits for EU citizens already here and blocking others from coming.

He says it would be unfair and unworkable.

And there was more advice for Mr Cameron from one of his own former Ministers - about leaving the European Union.

ITV News political correspondent Libby Wiener reports:

Emotions run high ahead of Brown shooting decision

Emotions are running high in Missouri tonight as they await a grand jury decision whether a white police officer will be put on trial for the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

The decision on officer Darren Wilson's fate is expected to be announced in Clayton, Missouri, any time now.

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

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Businesses are boarded up ahead of Brown decision

Businesses in the Missouri cities of Ferguson and Clayton are being boarded up ahead of a grand jury announcement over the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

Workers board up a Taco Bell restaurant along W. Florissant in Ferguson, Missouri. Credit: REUTERS/Adrees Latif
A police officer is seen in front of a boarded up business near the courthouse in Clayton, Missouri. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young

Lewis Hamilton arrives back in UK after Grand Prix win

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has arrived back in the UK with his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger.

Hamilton, 29, won his second world title after his win in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Police barricade courthouse ahead of Brown decision

Police officers gather outside where the grand jury made its decision over Michael Brown's shooting. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young

Police have placed barricades around a courthouse where a grand jury has made its decision whether to indict a white police officer over the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

A postbox near the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Missouri, is locked up. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young

Locks have also been placed on postboxes to prevent them being opened ahead of the announcement.

Obama urges Ferguson protesters to be peaceful

US President Barack Obama has urged any protests in Ferguson, Missouri, to be peaceful following the announcement of the grand jury's decision over Michael Brown's shooting death.

"He cited the words of Mr Brown's parents who indicated that the proper way to remember and pay tribute to their son's memory is for people to express their views peacefully," a White House spokesman said.

Protesters took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, last night calling for Darren Wilson to be indicted. Credit: REUTERS/Adrees Latif

"That is a viewpoint the President wholeheartedly embraces," Josh Earnest told reporters.

The grand jury in the St Louis suburb has reached a decision but it has yet to be announced.

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