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'No excuse' for violent acts in Ferguson, says Obama

President Obama has said there is "no excuse" for the destructive activity during protests in Ferguson, insisting all criminal acts should be prosecuted.

President Obama speaking about the Ferguson protests.

Mr Obama added that he did not have any sympathy for people who believe "what happened in Ferguson is an excuse for violence".

"Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property…that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it,” Mr Obama said at an event in Chicago.

"The bottom line is, nothing of significance, nothing of benefit results from destructive acts."


Police captain: We have to listen to the voice of reason

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol said the force will "have to listen to the voice of reason to make ourselves better"..

The St Louis County Police Department wrote on Twitter following a night of violence in Ferguson:

Fears grow more violence could break out in Ferguson

Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more National Guard troops to the region rocked by rioting after a white police officer was cleared in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Violent protests and looting were sparked after the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, with Governor Jay Nixon calling the resulting damage "heartbreaking."

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports from Ferguson as fears grow that more violence could break out:

PM: Firms 'need to stop terrorists using online networks'

Internet firms need to act to prevent terrorists from plotting "murder and mayhem" on their networks, the Prime Minister has argued.

David Cameron made the comments after the release of a report by the government's Intelligence and Security Committee, which raised concerns over some social media companys' policies when it came to tackling suspicious behaviour online.

ITV News UK editor Rohit Kachroo reports:


More than 60 people killed by air strikes in Syria

At least 63 people – half of them civilians – were killed in air strikes by Syrian war planes targeting the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa.

At least 63 people, half of them civilians, were killed Credit: Reuters

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said 10 war planes struck at least once each in the eastern part of the city.

It is not yet known whether the 36 people not identified were fighters or more civilians.

It's thought 10 war planes struck the city at least 10 times Credit: Reuters

Islamic State has seized large expanses of land in Iraq and Syria since August.

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Ferguson picks up the pieces after a night of violence

The residents of Ferguson, Missouri, have begun picking up the pieces following a night of rioting and looting.

Volunteers hug restaurant owner Yen Zhao as she arrives to survey the damage to her family's store. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Johnathan Johnson helps to clean a pavement outside a restaurant that was burned and damaged. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Dozens of buildings were set alight in Ferguson overnight after the grand jury ruling. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Obama 'concerned and disappointed' at violence

President Barack Obama is "concerned and disappointed" at the violence that broke out after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who shot dead a black teenager in Ferguson, a White House spokesman said.

"We are all deeply worried and disappointed - and concerned about the violence, any sort of violence and that's why the President went out and spoke about it last night, spokesman Eric Schultz said.

Protests took place across the US, including this one in Oakland, California, after the ruling took place. Credit: REUTERS/Stephen Lam (

"Again I would remind you the vast majority of protests in Missouri and around the country were peaceful and constructive".

Obama was delayed leaving the White House for Chicago in order to get a briefing about the situation in Ferguson from Attorney General Eric Holder, Schultz added.

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