Mourners gather for funeral of US teenager Michael Brown

Hundreds of people are gathering for the funeral of Michael Brown, the unarmed American teenager who was shot dead by police on 9th August.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, the teen's father called for calm, saying: "We need a moment of silence on our son. We need peace on his going-away."

Three White House officials will attend the service.

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Obama urges calm as Missouri clashes enter fifth night

President Barack Obama has appealed for calm on the streets of Missouri after days of clashes between police and protesters.

The tensions follow the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

President Obama said there was "no excuse" for "police to use excessive force against peaceful protesters" or for "violence against police".

ITV News' Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

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