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Protesters rally in New York before Brown decision

Hundreds of people have begun to protest in New York ahead of a grand jury decision on the shooting of Michael Brown.

Witnesses reported hearing chants of "black lives matter" and "revolution" in the city's Union Square, before the announcement on whether the Missouri police officer responsible for Brown's death will be prosecuted.

Reports suggest that demonstrations are also being planned in Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

A woman holds a sign featuring a picture of Michael Brown in New York. Credit: Reuters
Protesters shout slogans as they begin to rally in New York. Credit: Reuters
Police are preparing for widespread protests following the grand jury announcement. Credit: Reuters

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'No sign of fire' after Manchester explosion rumours

Manchester Fire Service say there is no sign of a fire in Salford following widespread social media reports that there had been a loud explosion in the area.

Rory Nolan tweeted that he had heard a "large bang", while Cleo Kinsey-Lyons said the "massive bang" sounded like it "echoed all around Salford and Manchester".

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.

Missouri governor Jay Nixon speaking to reporters. Credit: Reuters

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.

"While none of us knows what that [decision] will be, our shared hope and expectation is that, regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint," Nixon added.

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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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